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As parents, watching your child suffer from any type of illness or injury can be unbearable. Most parents would do anything possible to keep their children healthy. When a doctor’s negligence caused your child additional harm, you may be entitled to financial compensation to compensate for your suffering, as well as your child’s pain.
Proving that the pediatrician’s mistake amounted to malpractice under New Jersey law can be complex. You need the best possible lawyer to advocate on your behalf through all aspects of your case. At Team Law, our pediatrician malpractice lawyers have earned a reputation for excellence throughout the state—and we have already won over $650 million in compensation for victims of negligence across New Jersey.
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They say that children bounce back from harm more quickly than adults. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. A pediatrician’s mistake could cost your child the benefit of a healthy and active childhood—and could also lead to years of physical recovery, rehabilitative care and training to adapt to a permanent disability.
Your first step to protecting your child’s future is speaking with an experienced pediatric malpractice lawyer. To schedule your free case review, call our office or contact us online as soon as you suspect something has gone wrong in your child’s treatment.
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Doctors are only human, and sometimes the care they offer cannot solve the medical issue it aims to fix. Logically, pediatricians cannot be sued for malpractice every time a patient fails to recover as they should. Pediatrician malpractice is the legal basis for holding pediatricians financially responsible for their mistakes under New Jersey law when the patient is an infant, child or teenager.
Pediatrician malpractice occurs when the pediatrician fails to provide care that satisfies the medical standards developed by the medical profession itself. For example, any of the following can potentially be actionable pediatrician malpractice under New Jersey law:
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Team Law’s client fell and dislocated her knee, causing an injury to the popliteal artery that ultimately resulted in the amputation of her leg. Suit was filed against the hospital to which she had been taken by ambulance, the emergency room doctor, a radiologist and an orthopedic surgeon. The orthopedic surgeon claimed he was inordinately delayed getting to the hospital because of traffic problems on the Garden State Parkway. Team Law was able to counter the surgeon’s testimony by obtaining records from the Garden State Parkway that showed no traffic problems and by obtaining the surgeon’s EZ Pass records. The claim against the emergency room doctor was that he should have asked for vascular consultation when he detected a weak pulse in the foot, not just an orthopedic consult. The claim against the radiologist was that his actions also delayed treatment. After a seven week trial, a verdict was entered in favor of Team Law’s client and against all four of those defendants.
In some cases, by the time you realize that your pediatrician may have made a mistake, it might be too late to completely reverse the damage done to your child’s health. Diseases like meningitis and pneumonia can progress rapidly and have dangerous consequences even when treated appropriately.
At Team Law, our lawyers are here to provide support in any way we can. We go to work investigating your case immediately. We can even help you evaluate a new pediatrician to continue your child’s care. Our clients are more than just a number on a file. We take the time to get to know you personally to learn how the harm caused by your pediatrician’s negligence impacted your life—so that we can fight to win the maximum compensation award allowable under New Jersey law.
At Team Law, we work with medical experts and financial experts to make sure you get fair compensation both for today’s needs and for the future, including compensation for:
Pediatric malpractice cases are different from traditional medical malpractice claims because of the child’s age. To reach a fair compensation award, our lawyers work with specialized financial and medical experts who can give their expert opinion about a compensation award that fairly accounts for your future costs.
At Team Law, we understand that many parents aren’t completely sure whether their child’s condition has worsened because of pediatric malpractice. Our medical malpractice lawyers conduct a thorough investigation to pinpoint exactly what caused your child’s harm. To learn more about our law firm and options for recovering fair compensation in your case, call our office or contact us online today.
Yes. In some cases, a nurse, lab technician, pharmacist or other medical professional will make a mistake that causes your child greater harm. Those healthcare professionals can all be held liable for pediatric malpractice. It might even be the hospital or a medical treatment facility that is ultimately held financially liable for your child’s worsened condition.
Yes. You may be entitled to financial compensation for the added suffering caused by additional treatments or a worsened condition for a period of time even if your child will eventually make a complete recovery. Remember, you still suffered a harm because of your pediatrician’s negligence—a longer recovery time, the added stress and worry caused by the doctor’s mistake. Your compensation package should include all of the medical expenses incurred because of the medical negligence, all of your out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering and more.
The medical standard of care is the level of care that should be provided by a reasonably trained pediatrician under similar circumstances. The medical profession itself has developed protocols and procedures that should be followed to ensure the best possible outcome for your child. While that standard evolves over time, it is based upon the technology available at the time of the treatment and what doctors know about the illness or injury at hand.
To establish this standard, we work with medical experts with experience treating the injury or illness involved in your case. These experts will testify as to what a reasonably trained pediatrician would have done under the circumstances.
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