What is a Medical Malpractice Never Event?

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When we seek help from a medical professional, we count on them to faithfully execute their duty of care. Tragically, doctors and other healthcare providers make mistakes all the time and sometimes, these medical errors cause irreparable harm. In the field of medical malpractice, the term “Never Event” is often used to refer to adverse events that simply should never occur. In 2001, former CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Ken Kizer, MD., coined […]

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Why July 4th is a Dangerous Holiday for Medical Malpractice

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July 4th has been recognized as among the most dangerous holidays of the year in the United States. Although we associate Independence Day with patriotism and feelings of pride to be American, tragedies during Fourth of July celebrations and accidents during holiday travel are highly common. As such, hospitals and emergency rooms are often crowded with people who have suffered injuries in the days before and after the holiday. With this in mind, hospitals and […]

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DVT Misdiagnosis: A Common Form of Medical Malpractice

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious medical condition that manifests in the formation of blood clots in the pelvis or legs. While blood clotting is an essential bodily function, it can be dangerous when a blood clot forms in the wrong place. When doctors fail to diagnose or misdiagnose DVT, a blood clot can quickly turn deadly. Misdiagnosing deep vein thrombosis is a common medical mistake, often occurring in emergency rooms and hospitals in New […]

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Scientific Advancement may Help Predict Brain Health after Stroke

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Scientists have developed a brain health index that combines comprehensive brain scan data to better assess brain health and predict cognitive function after stroke. This groundbreaking advancement may be used to identify risk factors for stroke and dementia, as well as to determine the level of brain atrophy after brain injury. The brain health index is a computer program created by scientists at the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. An article explaining this development was […]

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Do I Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer to Sue a Doctor or Hospital in New Jersey?

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If you are considering filing a lawsuit against a doctor, hospital, or other medical professional in New Jersey, you may be wondering if you really need a medical malpractice lawyer to handle your case. Sometimes, victims of medical negligence think perhaps they simply need a personal injury attorney or someone who specializes in injury cases. In this article, we will discuss why enlisting an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can go a long way toward determining […]

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New Jersey Appellate Court Deems Medical Examiner’s Report Hearsay in Wrongful Death Case

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The New Jersey Appellate Division recently ruled that a death certificate cannot be presented as evidence in a wrongful death lawsuit unless accompanied by expert testimony. The Appellate Court panel issued its decision in the case of William Quail, whose wife Mary died shortly after an accident in a Stanhope, New Jersey grocery store. Mr. Quail filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the ShopRite, during which he sought to enter his wife’s death certificate and follow-up medical […]

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Is there a Damages Cap in New Jersey?

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If you are considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey, you may be wondering: is there a limit on the money I can recover as a victim of medical negligence? The monetary amount awarded to a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case is called “damages.” Some states have enacted “damages caps,” which set the maximum amount that can be awarded in a medical injury case. There is a multifaceted set of rules regarding […]

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What is Discovery in a Medical Malpractice Case?

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In a legal context, the term “discovery” is often misunderstood. Nevertheless, it is very important in New Jersey medical malpractice cases. Discovery is a phase of the litigation process during which the opposing sides share information. The discovery phase provides the plaintiff and the defendant (and their respective attorneys) with an opportunity to obtain important documents and statements from one another. In a medical malpractice case, discovery is among the most important steps in the […]

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Affidavit of Merit for a New Jersey Medical Malpractice Claim

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There are many steps involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit in New Jersey. One of the first and most important steps in the process of filing a medical malpractice claim is called the Affidavit of Merit. An Affidavit of Merit, also known as a Certification of Merit, is intended to demonstrate to the court that a claim has enough validity to warrant litigation. The purpose of the Affidavit of Merit (AOM) is to save the State […]

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Pain and Suffering Damages for Medical Malpractice in NJ

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Victims of medical malpractice in New Jersey often experience trauma that extends far beyond their physical injuries. You may have heard the term “pain and suffering” used to describe compensation provided to medical negligence victims. So, what is pain and suffering? What does this rather vague term actually mean? How does the court determine a victim’s particular level of pain and suffering and assign a monetary amount for damages? In this article, our experienced New […]

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