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The two leading causes of death in the U.S are heart disease and cancer, respectively. The third-leading cause of death in this country, though, may come as a surprise. According to a 2016 study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, medical malpractice may kill as many as 250,000 patients in the U.S. every year. Medical malpractice is a personal injury.
Medical malpractice occurs when a person is injured because a health care provider deviated from widely accepted standards of care when he or she treated that patient. Isn’t there a substantive difference, though, between a careless motorist who causes a collision by running a stop sign and a physician who has taken the Hippocratic oath to do no harm but then makes a simple error? Perhaps not in the eyes of the law. Traditional personal injury actions and medical malpractice suits have many similarities, and this is why if you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of a health care provider, personal injury lawyers may be able to provide you with assistance.
Medical malpractice and personal injury claims are both adjudicated under civil codes. The plaintiffs in both types of claims are individuals who have been injured through the actions or negligence of a third party. In both instances, the injured party has the right to seek compensation for the injuries that he or she has sustained.
Let’s look at these similarities a bit more closely.
Despite these similarities, there are key differences in the ways that medical malpractice suits and personal injury claims are typically approached. These differences include scope, complexity, and disputes involving standards of care.
In 2012, nearly $3 billion was paid out to satisfy successful medical malpractice claims. However, according to the National Institutes of Health, between 80 and 90 percent of medical malpractice claims do not succeed.
This is why it’s so important to work with a firm that has a proven track record in this field if you think you have grounds to file this highly specific type of personal injury lawsuit. Rebenack Aronow & Mascolo L.L.P. is one such legal team. Contact our personal injury attorneys in New Brunswick today by calling (732) 247-3600 or emailing [email protected] to learn more about the ways we may be able to assist you and to schedule a no-cost initial case review. We also have an office in Somerville.
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