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Suspect medical malpractice in a family member's treatment?

The death of a loved one while he or she is under the care of a New Jersey hospital might be expected depending on the illness or injury suffered. However, far too many cases involve the death of a family member that was sudden and completely unexpected. In those instances, it would not be unusual to suspect that medical malpractice occurred, but many people are unsure of what to do next.

It might be worth discussing the situation with an attorney since medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Many people make mistakes in their work, but when doctors, nurses and other medical professionals make mistakes, it can cost patients their lives. The mistakes can be in the form of diagnosis errors, treatment mistakes or surgical errors, among other things.

Your attorney should begin by gathering as many facts as possible regarding the circumstances under which your loved one died. Medical professionals can then review those facts as part of the investigation to determine whether any negligence occurred. Thereafter, a determination can be made regarding how to proceed.

Fortunately, it is not necessary to go through the process of filing and litigating a medical malpractice claim alone. While your attorney handles the case and the medical professionals enlisted to help with the case, you can focus on grieving and putting your life back together. Successfully establishing that the care received by your loved one was substandard could result in an award of damages from a New Jersey court that could provide you with the restitution needed to deal with the financial losses incurred due to the error.

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