Get Answers to Frequently Asked Medical Malpractice Questions in New Jersey

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Seigel Law opened our practice in 1976 to advocate for the rights of injured clients throughout the communities of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. Our firm only handles personal injury and medical malpractice cases, so we are able to devote our full attention, extensive resources and substantial experience to this one area of law.

Our attorneys take on challenging medical malpractice claims involving surgical errors, anesthesia errors, medication errors, birth injuries, nursing home injuries and other complex medical mistakes. Read our team’s responses to frequently asked medical malpractice questions and then contact our firm to schedule your free case review.

Get the answers after you suffered an injury because of a medical mistake

Seigel Law is a respected medical malpractice firm that helps injured patients throughout northern New Jersey. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation with our lawyer-doctor at our Ridgewood law office. Our lawyers can also visit you in your home or at the hospital for your convenience. Our contingency arrangement means you owe us no attorney fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.


What is medical negligence?

Doctors and medical facilities are governed by detailed professional standards of care. Any time they fail to follow these standards and their actions cause serious injuries, they can be held accountable for medical malpractice.

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What do I have to prove to win my medical malpractice case?

To prevail on a medical malpractice claim, you must prove that:

  • Your healthcare provider owed you a professional duty of care.
  • Your healthcare provider breached the duty.
  • You were injured as a result of the breach.
  • You sustained damages that were a proximate cause of the breach of duty and injury.

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Who may be named in a medical malpractice claim?

Any healthcare provider who owed you a duty of a care may be named in a medical malpractice claim, including:

  • Doctors
  • Medical specialists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Obstetricians
  • Midwives
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Physical therapists
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Lab technicians
  • Psychiatrists and psychologists

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When might a hospital or clinic be named as a party in a medical malpractice claim?

Under the doctrine of respondeat superior, an employer is responsible for employees who act negligently while performing a job duty. Also, hospitals have a duty to implement reasonable procedures and safeguards to prevent harm to patients.

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Who is responsible for the severe side effects I suffered when I took a harmful drug?

Our firm may advise you to sue the pharmaceutical manufacturer for producing a defective product under the products liability doctrine. In addition, you may have a valid claim against your doctor for medical malpractice for negligence in prescribing the drug and monitoring you.

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How much can I expect for a settlement or jury award?

Our attorneys never predict results. In fact, if a law firm makes promises that you will receive a certain dollar figure; this is improper and highly unethical. Our firm does promise to do all we can to reach the maximum possible settlement or verdict in your claim. We are proud to report that our law firm recovered the highest medical malpractice jury award ever in Passaic County.

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What are some of the common types of medical malpractice claims?

Common medical malpractice situations include the following:

  • Birth injuries
  • Surgical errors
  • Ob-gyn errors
  • Lasik surgery errors
  • Nursing home injuries
  • Medication errors
  • Defective drugs

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How much will filing a medical malpractice lawsuit cost?

Seigel Law offers a free consultation to discuss your medical malpractice case. If we represent you, we do not charge attorney fees unless you win money in a settlement or jury award. If we obtain compensation for you, we base our fees on a percentage of the settlement or verdict. Typically, you are responsible for some court expenses. However, our firm does not bill you until we have recovered damages on your behalf.

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What should I expect to happen during my lawsuit?

Because there are no cookie-cutter medical malpractice cases, we never handle any case in exactly the same way. It is important to discuss your injury or wrongful death claim with an experienced lawyer who can advise you based on the specific facts of your case.

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What kind of experience does Seigel Law have in the area of medical malpractice?

Seigel Law was founded in 1976, and we successfully handled our first medical malpractice lawsuit in 1980. We have access to the top medical professionals and experts to help prepare a strong, clear case for damages.

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