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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 trust in a medical provider, look what happened. Now, you’re struggling with pain and finding it difficult to just live your life. On top of that, you have astronomical medical bills to worry about.
Putting control of any part of your life in the hands of a stranger feels dangerous, particularly now. The last thing you want to do is invite more uncertainty. It doesn’t have to be this way.
At Console and Associates P.C., we treat your medical malpractice case with the seriousness it deserves. Your consequences are serious, and deserve nothing less than everything an experienced law firm like ours can offer.
The human body is intricate and a single mistake, however small, can have devastating effects. We stand up for your rights, holding careless doctors responsible for what they did to their patient.
Richard P. Console, Jr. opened his firm to serve one purpose: to help the victims of accidents and injuries at a time when they most need assistance. That guiding principle helped him create a personal injury law firm with a remarkable record of success.
Attorney Michael E. Ellery knows how insurance adjusters and defense attorneys think – because he started out his career in these roles. Today, he exclusively represents injured people as an integral part of our firm.
Lindsay Sewekow plays a crucial role in the early pre-litigation stage of our clients’ cases, and provides critical legal research support. Ms. Sewekow, of Medford Lakes, NJ, is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California.
When you’ve been injured, you want a law firm that knows how to successfully resolve claims, one that fights for your rights. At Console and Associates P.C., we always go for the settlement your damages demand, and we have the results to back that up.
Click to explore the cases below to see the six- and seven-figure settlements we’ve attained for clients in situations like yours. And if you don’t see a similar case listed, give us a call. We handle accident and injury claims of all kinds. Whatever your situation, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
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Doctors have an obligation to provide medical services at a standard of care that is appropriate in their field of medicine. They must make medical decisions based on that standard which is designed to provide patients with the best care possible. That means that all treatments and tests were conducted appropriately and in a timely manner.
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 not all 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, and medical malpractice covers a variety of issues that result in preventable injury or death, from problems during surgery to a physician prescribing the wrong treatment. An unwanted outcome doesn’t always mean malpractice. However, if you think that what happened to you or a loved one was preventable, you should always look into it.
Similar to other personal injury actions‚ a medical malpractice claim generally must be brought within two years from the date of the incident, with some important exceptions. This doesn’t necessarily mean the date the malpractice occurred‚ but instead some courts extend it to two years from the date the person reasonably became aware that he or she had suffered malpractice.
There are situations which could extend the deadline to file, and others that could make that deadline much much earlier, so the sooner you contact an experienced attorney, the better.
If you believe that you or someone in your family has been injured or died due to medical negligence‚ it makes sense to speak with a New Jersey medical malpractice attorney immediately. Don’t wait, call today!
Every year, as many as 250,000 patients die from medical mistakes, making it the third most common cause of death in the country. To put this in perspective, heart disease and cancer each claim an estimated 600,000 lives and respiratory-related deaths account for 150,000.
Despite this, medical malpractice claims make up less than 2 percent of civil cases. These deaths are preventable, and yet so few doctors and hospitals are held accountable. Too many victims and their families never get the justice they deserve.
We have 25 years of experience helping clients in New Jersey with their personal injury claims. From home practice malpractice to the state’s busiest emergency rooms, we hold negligent professionals accountable. Speak with an experienced lawyer about your claim today, or learn more about how we’ve helped clients at some of the largest hospitals in the state:
Medical malpractice claims are challenging. 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 and Associates P.C. with a history of success in handling medical malpractice cases to represent you. Obtaining justice is a right that every victim, not only those with huge 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.
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 and Associates P.C.’s experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers to handle your case, the astronomical cost doesn’t have to be your problem anymore.
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 the right experts can be costly.
Evidence of Medical Negligence
It takes significant evidence to show that your doctor acted negligently, that those negligent actions are what caused your injuries, and that your injuries are serious and permanent. What might seem like common sense or obvious to you still requires expert testimony in a medical malpractice claim, and particularly, in the eyes of the defendant’s insurance company. Their lawyers will do everything they can to protect the hospital’s profits, even when they’re clearly in the wrong.
The only way to prove negligence against a medical professional is through the expert opinion of another medical 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 a great deal 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.When you have to pay each expert thousands of dollars for their services, the cost of your claim quickly becomes unaffordable.
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:
Only after we win money for you will we be reimbursed for these costs. 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 to 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.
Medical malpractice cases aren’t just expensive – they’re also very difficult.
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 caused by the mistake and are clearly significant. If your injuries weren’t permanent, if they didn’t change your life forever, then you might not be able to bring 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 pain, suffering, stress and fear. Almost dying, spending days in intensive care, needing additional surgery – most of us think these consequences should be serious, but without additional damages, they aren’t always enough to warrant a medical malpractice 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 because their damages aren’t significant enough to outweigh the tremendous cost and burden of bringing 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.
Is There A Limit On Damages?
According to New Jersey law, there is no limit on the damages you can seek for a medical malpractice claim, also known as compensatory damages. This means that your pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and ongoing care are all covered.
The state does place a limit on punitive damages. In New Jersey, you can only seek up to five times the award for your compensatory damages or $350,000, whichever is greater.
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 and no easy explanation that will tell you whether or not you have a claim.
Why does 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 medical 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 actionable, and they’re what a lawyer will need to know before he or she can advise you about what to do next.
We’re Here To Answer Your Questions
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 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.
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 and Associates P.C. has the benefit of having three 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. When we get back to you, you can be sure that a group of experienced attorneys gave your case the personalized attention it deserves.
When you’ve been harmed by a medical mistake, you have a lot to lose. There’s 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 and accountability of the doctor who hurt you. And, with our no fee promise, you’ve got 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 three locations, convenient phone and Internet contact options, and our offer to travel to meet you, we’re willing to do whatever is necessary to make getting help easy.