When tragedy strikes and your family needs immediate medical attention, the last thing that should be on your mind is whether or not the doctor will give your loved one proper care and do everything in their power to keep them in their best health. Unfortunately, there are instances of doctors acting negligently when it comes to the care of their patients, most often due to being overworked and lack of rest. While many studies have shown that a doctor not properly resting between shifts substantially increases the likelihood of a medical mistake, little has been done to solve the problem.
If your family member requires medical attention that is not an immediate need, it pays to research the history of the doctor that you will be working with. There are ways to search whether or not they have had previous malpractice claims against them. If there was an incident previously with your doctor, it is in your best interests and your legal right to ask the doctor what happened with the case. Sometimes you may be surprised to find out that the details surrounding the alleged incident were not due to negligence by your doctor but rather high emotions at a stressful time on the part of the family.
However, not all doctors have the best intentions in mind. If you are not able to take precautions due to an emergency, being vigilant and paying attention while your loved one is receiving medical care is imperative. At each step of the process, be sure to be an advocate and ask questions as the doctor explains risks involved with a procedure. If you are not feeling comfortable, press further and ask more questions. Hospitals also have staff to advocate for patients if you are not able to be there for every decision while your loved one is in the hospital. Professional advocates have seen the system and call also help with arrangements for rehabilitation and other important care for after a medical procedure. Keep notes and save all paperwork during your treatment to ensure if the worst does happen, you will be prepared for the steps soon to come.
If you believe that you or a loved one has received poor medical care, seek legal representation as soon as possible for the best possible outcome. Our firm has vast experience with the following types of medical malpractice cases:
Contact us online or call 732-777-0100 to talk to a member of our team of Red Bank medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP today. With offices in Red Bank, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout the state including Fair Haven, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Township, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Rumson, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Middletown, Keansburg, Hazlet, Strathmore, Keyport, Holmdel, Tinton Falls, Scobeyville, Montrose, Marlboro Township, Long Branch, West Long Branch, Eatontown, Asbury Park, Deal, Ocean Township, Interlaken, Freehold Township, Freehold, and Neptune City.