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April 2016 Archives

What does nursing home "standard of care" mean?

Making the decision to go into a nursing home or to encourage a parent or grandparent to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility isn't always an easy one. When it is made, there is an assumption that the resident will be able to receive a level of care that they and their family are not able to consistently provide on their own. The state of New Jersey has strict requirements on who can be licensed to operate a nursing home, who is allowed to work in these facilities and the types of services that seniors or disabled individuals should receive when they are living there. Several public and private agencies are responsible for helping the facilities maintain their operations by issuing licenses, imposing regulations, inspecting periodically and responding to complaints. These include:

Patient says correctional facility doctors acted with negligence

Receiving timely and sufficient medical care is often necessary for preventing a minor illness or injury from progressing into something far more serious. An inmate in an out-of-state prison contends that she did not receive such treatment and that the negligence exercised by medical professionals led to a devastating outcome. Regardless of a person's position in life, each and every individual in New Jersey should be able to expect proper medical treatment that is aligned with the accepted standards of care.

$20 million awarded to parents of child with brain damage

A mother cited better safeguards for future patients as one of the reasons behind her family's medical malpractice lawsuit. The birth of a child is normally a joyous occasion for New Jersey families, but the celebrations were cut short for this out-of-state family. They were recently awarded $20 million for their daughter's brain damage that she suffered shortly after being born.

Negligent medical practices can cause birth injuries

Every parent wants the experience of a new baby to be as exciting and enjoyable as possible. While uncomfortable moments come with the territory, when all is said and done most expect to go home with a healthy baby. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Even when it appears that the pregnancy was normal, there are things that can go wrong during labor and delivery, and it is the job of doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to stay alert and respond appropriately to prevent injuries and limit any harmful effects if possible. When they are unable to do this, it is important that parents look closely at the situation to determine whether negligent medical practices may have played a role in their child's injury.

Negligence can play role in missed diagnoses

When reporting new, troubling or ongoing symptoms, patients must rely on their doctors' expertise and knowledge in the world of health care. It is perhaps not unreasonable to expect that these professionals should take careful review of all symptoms before rendering a diagnosis or ordering further testing, but many patients in New Jersey are not afforded this treatment. Negligence continues to contribute to an alarmingly high rate of misdiagnoses.

Most victims don't file suits after hospital negligence

The scope and impact of medical malpractice can be difficult to understand for those who are not victims. Still, the number of patients who have experienced hospital negligence, received treatments not based on accepted standards of care or other types of errors and then go on to file claims is incredibly small. In fact, just under 3 percent of victims ever file any type of legal suit.

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