Experienced New Jersey Hospital Negligence Lawyer Fights for Maximum Compensation in Your Medical Malpractice Case
For many people, a trip to the hospital is a last resort. It usually takes an accident, serious illness or major trauma for someone to head to the emergency room. Further, if your visit to an NJ hospital includes testing, medication, monitoring or other invasive procedure, including surgery, you open yourself to becoming a possible victim of medical negligence and hospital abuse.
In fact, in a recent study by the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die following preventable mistakes made in hospitals in the US.
If you or someone you love has been injured or abused during a hospital stay or procedure, you deserve to be compensated for your loss. Contact skilled hospital negligence lawyer Barry Sugarman right away for a compassionate review of your case in Somerset County, Camden County and throughout New Jersey. He will work tirelessly for your family. Call him today for a free initial consultation.
Seasoned Trial Attorney Holds New Jersey Hospitals and Doctors Responsible for Abuse, Neglect & Medical Mistakes
Mistakes happen in hospitals, every day, throughout the country. The vast majority of errors made by doctors, nurses, hospital staff and administrators are preventable. Very few, if any, are the fault of the patient who simply wanted, expected and deserved high quality medical care as promised. These mistakes occur because of hospital negligence. Statistically speaking, according to studies conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine, negligent hospital errors are on the rise.
With offices in Somerville and Marlton, New Jersey, Barry Sugarman focuses almost his entire practice on fighting for the rights of patients and residents who are injured, abused, neglected and worse in hospitals and nursing homes. He never represents the doctors, nurses, nursing homes or hospitals and he isn’t afraid to take on the insurance companies to make sure his clients get the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been the victim of any medical malpractice circumstance, including the ones below, contact Mr. Sugarman right away.
- Bed Sores/Pressure Ulcers: When immobile patients are left in one position for too long, pressure is put on soft skin tissue and they can develop ulcers. This is common when healthcare workers fail to move and turn older patients and those who are recovering from stroke, or suffering from dementia, paralysis and diabetes, etc. Barry Sugarman recently negotiated a sizable settlement, $750,000 for a family against a northern New Jersey healthcare facility after a pressure ulcer and infection contributed to the patient’s death.
- Dehydration: When the human body loses more body fluids than it takes in, usually from drinking water, dehydration can occur. Serious conditions including swelling of the brain, seizures, kidney failure and even death may be the result of dehydration. Dehydration is one of the most preventable of all instances of hospital negligence. Similarly, malnutrition – not being fed the appropriate types and amounts of food – can cause a host of problems for patients in hospitals. Barry Sugarman settled a $1 million claim against an Essex County healthcare facility after a patient suffered dehydration and pressure ulcers as the result of negligence.
- Lifting and Transferring Mistakes: When a patient needs to be moved in and out of bed, a wheelchair or the bathroom, among other things, a mistake on the part of the hospital employee can result in serious injuries.
- Falls & Fractures: The Agency for Research and Quality reports that about one million people suffer from injuries as the result of falls in hospitals throughout the United States every year. Upward of half of these falls result in serious injuries, such as fractures. Mr. Sugarman settled a $365,000 case against a northern New Jersey healthcare facility when a patient’s fall resulted in a serious fracture.
- Wrongful Death: Any number of nursing and medical errors made in different healthcare facilities (nursing home, hospital, memory care) hospital setting can lead to wrongful death. Mr. Sugarman is passionate about holding healthcare workers and facilities responsible for negligence that leads to wrongful death. In fact, he negotiated a $1 million settlement for a family whose elderly relative was injured and died after being attacked by another resident in an assisted living facility in Morris County, New Jersey.
- Infections: Whether a catheter that wasn’t changed leads to sepsis, or failure to wash hands leads to spread of disease, hospital infections are rampant and dangerous. Many people go into the hospital for a treatable condition and leave with a deadly infection because of hospital negligence. Sugarman Law won a a $350,000 settlement in a case against a Gloucester County healthcare facility when a patient’s femur fracture wasn’t properly monitored and led to serious infection.
- Failure to Diagnose (or Delayed Diagnosis): If a doctor fails to diagnose a condition, especially a serious one such as cancer or a heart attack that can have devastating results, the patient may not be able to get the lifesaving treatment they need. These delays sometimes causes serious injury, worsening of a condition or wrongful death. Mr. Sugarman stands ready to investigate your rights against any doctor or facility that commits these errors.
- Medication Mistakes: The numbers are astounding. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people are hurt due to prescription medication errors made in a hospital. This happens when a condition is misdiagnosed, a nurse can’t read doctor’s orders, the wrong amount of the drug is administered and, sometimes, the nurse gives the patient the wrong medication. The outcome can be catastrophic injury or worse.
- Surgical Errors: No surgery is without risk. However, as patients, we rely on doctors to do their best. Failure to monitor a patient during and post surgery can also cause significant injury. Further, other horrible mistakes such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving a surgical tool in the body may have devastating results.
- Emergency Room Wait Times: We’ve all experienced it in New Jersey. You rush to the ER only to wait…and wait…and wait. When emergency room overcrowding allows injuries and conditions to worsen, treatment may come too late.
- Trauma Care: It should go without saying that when someone comes to a healthcare facility in crisis — a heart attack, burns, stroke, car accident, suicide attempt or other catastrophe injury — failure to respond appropriately can cause injury and, often, wrongful death
Contact a Skilled NJ Hospital Negligence Lawyer Who Puts People First
For over 25 years, nursing home abuse and hospital negligence attorney Barry Sugarman has fought for the rights of people who have been hurt or abused, or worse, in healthcare facilities all over New Jersey – from Somerset to Camden counties and everywhere in between. You can rely on him to put your family first. He’ll take on the hospital and the insurance companies on your behalf and work tirelessly to get your family the compensation you deserve.
Contact Sugarman Law today for a free consultation about your case.
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