Medical Malpractice Attorneys Morris County, NJ
Morristown Medical Malpractice Lawyers Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions
Based in Morristown, the attorneys at Smith & Doran, P.C. are experienced medical malpractice lawyers who have helped many injured patients throughout New Jersey recover for harm caused by negligent doctors and hospitals. Here we provide answers to some frequently asked questions about medical malpractice claims. To discuss your specific concern, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
What is medical malpractice?
Doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other medical professionals have a duty to provide treatment that meets the professional standard of care in their community. When they fail to do so, they may be liable to injured patients or their families. A medical malpractice lawsuit is a legal action brought against a health care provider for the damages caused by negligent treatment or care.
Do I have a medical malpractice claim?
To prove a medical malpractice claim, you must show (1) that the health care provider owed you a duty to provide medical services; (2) that there was a breach of duty because the health care provider did not act according to the standards of the medical profession; (3) that the breach of duty caused your injury; and (4) that you sustained actual damages as a result of the injury.
Medical malpractice claims are often difficult to prove because many complications can arise during a procedure or treatment that cannot be attributed to a specific cause. However, if a medical professional’s oversight or error caused you harm, the difficulty of making a case should not allow the lapse in care or judgment to go unchecked.
Can a hospital be liable for medical malpractice?
Patients and their families rely on a hospital’s expertise in hiring nurses and other staff, and in choosing the physicians that have hospital privileges in their facilities. Therefore, when a hospital’s doctors, nurses, or staff members are negligent and cause harm to patients, the hospital may be held vicariously liable for their mistakes.
Hospitals also supply doctors with essential medical equipment and supplies such as gloves, surgical instruments, and medical devices, and may be liable when contamination of any of this equipment contributes to patient injuries.
How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, a medical malpractice action must be brought within two years from the date the doctor breached the standard of care. In situations where a patient does not realize he or she has been injured until long after the medical negligence occurred, the statute of limitations begins running when the patient should have been reasonably aware an injury occurred.
Contact a Dover Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Founding partner Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including medical malpractice and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards.
Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a negligent or careless medical practitioner, Smith & Doran is ready to listen to your case and help you seek compensation. To schedule a cost-free consultation, contact us online or through our Morristown offices at 973-261-6254.