Preventable medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, right after heart disease and cancer. Generally, doctors are all very smart, dedicated to their patients, hardworking, and have a deep down commitment to helping others. But, they are human and humans make mistakes. In the field of medicine, unlike law or other professions, a simple mistake can have life-or-death consequences. During the course of a professional career in which thousands of patients are treated every year, a doctor is bound to make a few mistakes that may cause patients to suffer harm. Knowing this, doctors purchase insurance to protect themselves financially from any lawsuits that may arise from the preventable mistake, but also to make sure that should they make a mistake that harms their patient, the victim of any mistake is not left without some available financial compensation for their injuries or death.
With some very few exceptions, there is a strict two (2) year statute of limitations for bringing a medical malpractice case, which begins at the time of the preventable medical error.
If you suspect that a preventable medical error caused you or a loved one to suffer a serious injury, then you should immediately contact a New Jersey attorney. The attorneys at Mintz & Geftic LLC are experienced in handling some of the most challenging medical malpractice or medical negligence cases, and will coordinate having the appropriate physician review the medical records to determine whether there was medical malpractice.