It is one of life's ironies that the simplest and most preventable mistakes are sometimes the most devastating. In medicine, for instance, the most skilled surgeon can cause serious harm to a patient by being careless about collecting tools at the end of a procedure.
There is a common misconception that patients sue doctors and hospitals simply because they have a bad medical outcome. This is not the case. A patient can suffer a negative medical outcome (including death) in spite of great medical care. As such, it should be noted that there is a difference between a negative outcome due to circumstance and a negative outcome caused by medical malpractice.
Have you ever been ripped off by an auto mechanic? Have you ever paid for a non-refundable product or service that truly didn't live up to your expectations? Have you ever hired someone for help only to have the problem get worse rather than better?
There are some nightmare scenarios so scary that they have endured as the premises of horror stories and urban legends. One of these scenarios involves being buried alive. For some, there would be few scarier ways to die than by waking up in a closed casket under several feet of earth.
When your doctor in New Jersey, or anywhere in the country, recommends surgery, you not only trust their opinion, but you trust their expertise in performing the surgery. No one expects to go into surgery to have an organ repaired and to come out with other debilitating impairments. Surgical errors are never insignificant to the patient. If you have experienced medical malpractice, you want to be compensated for your pain and suffering, as well as any future treatments and disabilities. It's only fair that you are able to get the care you need going forward.
By way of an update, which is perhaps timely given a batch of relevant numbers just reported in the Boston Globe, we seek to keep our New Jersey and other readers abreast of material developments in the nation's unprecedented meningitis outbreak that occurred in 2012.