New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers
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If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may be hesitant to trust a professional of any kind. After all, the last time you put your life in the hands of a medical provider, you ended up with serious injuries or complications that caused you pain, decreased your ability to live your life, and racked up astronomical medical bills. Putting control of any aspect of your life in the hands of a stranger might feel like inviting even more troubles into your life, but that doesn’t have to be the case.
At Console & Hollawell, we take medical malpractice cases seriously, because we know that the consequences are serious. The human body is intricate, and a single mistake, however small, can have devastating effects. That’s why we stand up for the rights of patients injured by careless doctors.
Don’t let a medical error determine the course of your family’s life. Nothing can erase the medical error your physician made, but pursuing a medical malpractice claim at least allows you to hold the doctor legally responsible. Call Console & Hollawell’s New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers today at (856) 778-5500.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
Doctors have an obligation to provide what’s called a “standard of care.” They must make the appropriate medical decisions and provide patients with the most appropriate care possible. That means that all treatments and tests are considered to be suitable for the patient’s condition and that care is provided at an appropriate time.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical care provider neglects to provide this standard of care and a patient is harmed as a result. The harm that results from malpractice often causes long-term health problems. Sometimes these errors can cost a patient his or her life.
Though relatively few physicians commit medical malpractice, preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the nation, according to the American Association for Justice (AAJ).
Medical errors take many forms:
- Doctors may misdiagnose or fail to diagnose a serious condition, like cancer.
- Sometimes physicians choose an inappropriate treatment, to the detriment of the patient.
- Incorrectly administering treatment can be just as disastrous, whether from over prescribing potentially dangerous painkillers or mishandling medical equipment and depriving patients of oxygen.
- Doctors may make mistakes during surgery or delay the timing of necessary procedures.
An unwanted outcome doesn’t necessarily mean that malpractice has occurred, but if you suspect medical malpractice, you should always act on it.
Statute of Limitations
Similar to other personal injury actions‚ a medical malpractice claim must be brought within two years from the date the cause of action occurred. This doesn’t necessarily mean the date the malpractice occurred‚ but instead from the date the person reasonably became aware that he or she had been injured.
The statute of limitations is different for minors.
If you believe that you or someone in your family has been injured or killed due to medical negligence‚ it makes sense to speak with a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney immediately.
Why You Need an Attorney
Every year, 440,000 patients die from medical mistakes – yet medical malpractice claims make up less than 2 percent of all civil cases, the AAJ reported. Too many victims and their families never get justice.
Medical malpractice claims are challenging cases. They are expensive to pursue, because they require the use of medical experts and long hours of investigation. You simply can’t handle this kind of claim yourself – you don’t have the experience or legal knowledge to do so, and you would have to spend a lot of your own money to involve medical experts.
What you can do is choose a law firm like Console & Hollawell, with a history of success in handling medical malpractice cases, to represent you. We strongly believe that obtaining justice is a right that every victim, not only those with excess financial resources, should have.
When you hire our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers to handle your claim‚ you pay nothing out of pocket for the services offered – from the initial consultation to negotiating with insurance adjusters‚ from hiring medical experts to your day in court‚ if it comes to that. We collect only a percentage of what we win for you – and if we don’t win‚ you owe nothing.
With our 97 percent success rate, you can feel confident that we have what it takes to get you the money you deserve. The consultation is free, so call us today at (856) 778-5500.
The Cost of a Medical Malpractice Claim
Tens of thousands of dollars. That’s how much it can cost just to gather the evidence you need to pursue your medical malpractice case. But when you choose Console & Hollawell’s experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers to handle your case, the astronomical cost doesn’t have to be your problem anymore.
Realistically, you can’t just scrape together an extra $20,000 or more – possibly much more – especially when you’ve already got medical bills to pay and you’re out of work. Even if you could come up with that kind of money, it’s not fair for you to have to – not when it’s your doctor who made the mistake.
Why Do Medical Malpractice Cases Cost So Much?
Despite the myths you might have heard, medical malpractice claims are far from slam-dunk cases. They require a lot of evidence in the form of expert opinions, and getting that evidence can be costly.
Evidence of Medical Negligence
It takes a wealth of evidence to show that your doctor acted negligently, that those negligent actions are what led to your injuries, and even that your injuries are serious. What might seem obvious to you – like common sense – could need a great deal of proof in the eyes of the law, and particularly, in the eyes of the defendant’s insurance company.
The only way to prove negligence against a medical provider is through the professional opinion of another provider. Remember, malpractice happens when the doctor deviates from the acceptable standard of care, not just when there’s an unwanted outcome – and it takes another doctor to say what’s acceptable.
Medical experts are credible doctors who have plenty of experience practicing in a relevant area of medicine. They know their stuff – but that knowledge can come at a steep price.
It’s not unusual for a single malpractice case to involve multiple medical experts – and we’ve handled some cases that called for upwards of a dozen. When you have to pay each expert thousands of dollars for their services, the cost of your claim quickly becomes unaffordable.
How Console & Hollawell Can Help You Afford the Cost of a Claim
If every medical malpractice victim had to come up with the kind of money necessary to pay numerous medical experts up front, a lot of victims would never have the opportunity to get what they deserve – and that’s not right.
We believe that every victim harmed by medical negligence should have the right to hold the careless doctor accountable and receive the compensation they’re entitled to. So, when you become our client, we cover the upfront costs of pursuing your claim – all of them.
- Tens of thousands of dollars for the services of medical experts.
- Potentially thousands of dollars to cover filing and court fees.
- Hundreds more for the cost of getting copies of your medical records.
Only after we win money for you will these costs become yours. We’ll break down for you exactly what you have to pay and subtract it from your settlement or jury award, so you never have to worry about coming up with the cash on your own. And if we’re not able to get you compensation, then these costs remain our problem – never yours.
Securing the testimony of medical experts at no upfront cost is just one of the guarantees we make you in our No Fee Promise. You shouldn’t have to risk thousands of dollars to get justice. You’ve already been through enough. We’re confident enough that we can win any case we take on that we’re willing to take these risks for you.
The Challenge of Winning a Med Mal Claim
Medical malpractice cases aren’t just expensive – they’re also very difficult.
Sometimes Negligence Isn’t Enough
One of the things both patients and lawyers find most frustrating about medical malpractice claims is that even when a doctor has been negligent and there’s enough proof of that negligence that expert witnesses would agree, there isn’t always a case.
Besides medical negligence, a successful medical malpractice claim hinges on having damages that are clearly related to the mistake and are clearly significant. If your injuries weren’t permanent, if they didn’t change your life forever, then you might not have a claim – even if they put your life at risk.
See, the law doesn’t allow you to sue for what could have happened, only what did happen – a fact that understandably seems unfair to victims who underwent plenty of pain, suffering, stress and fear. Almost dying, spending days in intensive care, needing additional surgeries – most of us think these consequences are serious, but without additional damages, they aren’t always enough for a med mal claim.
Sometimes doctors fail to meet the standard of care and their patients suffer because of it, but there’s still no way for these patients to get compensation. Their damages, while real, either aren’t considered severe enough under the law or they just didn’t result in enough medical bills to outweigh the cost of pursuing a claim.
Is Your Case Worth More Than the Cost of Pursuing It?
How can you know if your injuries are serious enough for a successful medical malpractice case? After all, you certainly think they’re significant when you’re forced to struggle with them every day. But with the strict requirements, it can be hard for you to tell for sure.
Here’s a secret: without knowing the details of what happened to you, even experienced lawyers like us just don’t know if you have a case or not.
Your Case Is Unique
The only way to find out if you have a claim is to talk to New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers with enough experience to know what to look for. There’s no simple answer key, no easy explanation, that will tell you whether or not you have a claim.
Why does even determining if you have a case have to be so complicated?
You already know that medical malpractice cases are complex, that they’re expensive, and that they require proof of actions that fell below the standard of care. These requirements mean that even the smallest details matter.
Your situation is unique – no other patient has had the exact same doctor make the exact same mistake and suffered precisely the same injuries that changed their lives in precisely the same way. That means the facts involved in your medical ordeal are different from anyone else’s. These facts are what decide whether your case is worth more than the cost of pursuing it, and they’re what a lawyer will need to know before he or she can advise you about what to do next.
You Need to Have a Private Conversation
To find out if you can pursue a claim, you’ll need a lawyer on your side. To become familiar with your situation, that lawyer will need to ask you some questions and even review your medical records. You and your lawyer need to have a confidential conversation that considers all of the unique facts about your claim.
For many victims of medical malpractice, the idea of talking to a lawyer can seem daunting.
- You may be afraid you’ll have to pay a high price to talk to an attorney – but don’t worry, the consultation is free, and you’ll never have to pay anything upfront for our representation.
- You might be concerned that you don’t know what to expect. Relax! We’re here to help, not to cause you any more stress. We’ll gather as much information as we can about you and your situation. We will explain the process and what you need for a medical malpractice case. If you have questions, just ask!
- It might be hard for you to clearly and easily explain what happened to you. After all, you’re not a doctor – but we don’t expect you to be. Just tell us what you know and answer our questions as best you can. Once we’re familiar with your situation and whether or not you might have a case, we can review your medical records to understand and investigate the details that even you might not be sure of.
- You might be hesitant to trust us – after all, you trusted your doctor, and that didn’t work out so well. But our attorneys’ goals are just like yours. We want to not only get you money, but to get you the most money possible for your situation. Remember, we make more money when you get more money. And if you don’t have a claim, we won’t try to convince you otherwise – we don’t want to waste your time, or ours, if we know you don’t have a case.
Talking to an attorney should provide you with answers, not more questions. You should know, though, that different lawyers may look at the same case somewhat differently.
Since Console & Hollawell has the benefit of having four attorneys on staff, we will often take enough time to allow our lawyers to discuss your situation as a team. It won’t take long, and when we get back to you, you can be sure that a group of experienced attorneys gave your case the personalized attention it deserves.
Get Our New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers on Your Side Today!
When you’ve been harmed by a medical mistake, you have a lot to lose: your health, your job and income, your family’s savings, your quality of life.
But when you turn to the right lawyer to handle your medical malpractice claim, you take charge of the situation. Suddenly, you have a lot to gain – the money you deserve, accountability on the part of the doctor who hurt you – and, with no upfront costs, nothing to lose.
So why wait any longer to get help?
Remember, the consultation is always free. We’ll answer your questions about the legal process and investigate your questions about what went wrong with your medical care. With two locations, convenient phone and Internet contact options, and our offer to travel to meet you, we’re willing to do whatever’s necessary to make getting help easy.
Call Console & Hollawell’s New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers today at (856) 778-5500, and take the first step to getting your life back on track.
Warning: Every day that passes puts your claim at risk. Too many medical malpractice victims make the unfortunate mistake of waiting too long to pursue a claim. The statute of limitations will affect your rights, so don’t wait to set up your free consultation.
525 NJ-73 #117,
Marlton, NJ, 08053
One Gateway Center, Suite 2600,
Newark, NJ, 07102
Phone: (973) 416-1146