Our New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers Protect Patients’ Rights
Our medical malpractice team is led by a lawyer who is also a doctor
Seigel Law was established in 1976 to provide high-quality legal representation to injured people in our community. By focusing our energies and resources on personal injury and medical malpractice, our lawyers have earned a reputation as polished, experienced injury recovery lawyers. Our firm is known throughout New Jersey for our ethical approach to law and the successful results we obtain for our clients.
Statute of limitations for NJ medical malpractice claims
New Jersey law imposes a strict statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims. You must initiate action within two years from the date of your doctor’s negligent act or omission or within two years from the date you discovered or reasonably should have discovered your injury. You forfeit your right to recover damages if you fail to file your claim by the deadline. For this reason, we invite you to schedule your free consultation with our office so we can answer your medical malpractice questions and advise you of your rights.
Elements of a medical malpractice claim
To prevail on a medical malpractice claim, you must prove each of these elements:
- A medical professional or entity owed you a duty of care.
- The medical provider breached the duty.
- You sustained an injury as a proximate cause of the breach.
- You incurred damages as a result.
Our lawyers maintain professional relationships with medical experts in the communities of Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. These experts provide consultation on complex medical issues and testify about the nature and severity of your injuries.
How our medical malpractice lawyers can aid you
Our legal team handles all types of medical malpractice litigation. Common negligence claims involve:
- Failure to diagnose — Delays in medical treatment can result from your doctor’s failure to diagnose your condition in a timely, accurate manner. Because of this negligence, you may have missed your opportunity to receive certain types of beneficial and lifesaving treatments.
- Surgical errors — You have a right to recover from your doctor for making such preventable surgical errors as administering the wrong dosage of anesthesia, leaving surgical objects in your body, performing the wrong procedure or conducting surgery on the wrong side of the body.
- Anesthesia errors — Your doctors have a duty to calculate the dosage of anesthesia accurately and to monitor your vitals throughout the operation to quickly correct anesthesia errors. An overdose of the drugs can result in brain and nerve damage, whereas an insufficient dose can result in the nightmarish experience of waking during surgery.
- Medication errors — Pharmaceuticals can dramatically change your life, for the better or worse. Appropriate use of certain drugs can help you manage disease, prolong life and minimize pain. However, a medication error can cause permanent or fatal injuries.
- Defective drugs — Harmful and defective drugs are rarely pulled from the market until several patients have been injured or killed. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are often liable for a dangerous medication that injures a patient. Doctors may also be held accountable for negligence related to prescribing and monitoring the patient’s use of the drugs.
Recover from the doctor, hospital or pharmaceutical company that injured you
Seigel Law is a renowned medical malpractice firm that assists injured patients throughout northern New Jersey. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary initial consultation with our lawyer-doctor at our Ridgewood office. Our attorneys can also visit you in your home or at the hospital for your convenience. Our contingency arrangement means you do not owe us attorney fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf.