Our Pediatric Malpractice Attorneys Help Families Throughout New Jersey
Having a child who is seriously ill or injured is awful for any parent; having a child whose painful condition has been caused or worsened by medical treatment is overwhelming. We turn to doctors to help our children when they are suffering. If medical practitioners are negligent or incompetent and injure our young loved ones further, or if those practitioners themselves are found to be the cause of our child’s injuries, first we seek the best medical treatment available to remedy the situation. Then we look to hold the liable parties responsible for the damage they have caused. If your child has suffered because of pediatric malpractice, or if you have had the devastating experience of losing your child due to medical mistakes, you need a knowledgeable and skilled medical malpractice attorney. At Nagel Rice, our attorneys are committed to holding those who took an oath to “first do no harm” accountable for failing to protect their young patients.
If you reside in New Jersey, especially in Essex, Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Passaic Counties, you are fortunate to have our pediatric malpractice law firm available to meet your legal needs. Our attorneys are compassionate people as well as aggressive lawyers. We have excellent credentials and a wealth of experience. We will be able to help you file a successful lawsuit to win compensation from the parties responsible for your child’s mistreatment.
Whether those parties are physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists or hospitals themselves, we will see to it that your case is handled with strength and agility, and that you and your family are treated with the care and concern you deserve. Our offices, located in Roseland and Manhattan, are well-prepared to obtain the highest compensation possible for the misery your child and family have suffered. Take a look at our track record and you will see that we try cases and we produce results.
What is Pediatric Malpractice?
When medical malpractice harms the smallest and most vulnerable members of our families, the emotional trauma is often as terrible as the physical pain, and is frequently far more long-lasting. In order to prove pediatric malpractice, the skilled attorneys at Nagel Rice must be able to prove that the medical professionals treating your child had a duty to treat and were derelict in that duty, failing to meet the standard of care expected of those in the medical profession. We must further prove that those medical professionals directly caused damage to your youngster. Two things should be remembered in framing a pediatric malpractice case:  not all negligence leads to damages and  not all worsening conditions are the result of negligent care. In order to win your case, we have to be able to prove a direct correlation between your child’s exacerbated illness or even wrongful death and the poor quality of care he or she received.
Common Pediatric Mistakes
Many of the mistakes made during the administration of pediatric care are similar to those made in general malpractice. Because of the small size, ongoing growth, and relative fragility of children, however, such mistakes can be all the more dangerous than they would be to adults. Types of pediatric errors include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Prescription errors
- Dosage errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors
- Postoperative negligence
- Failure to monitor a child in the hospital
According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the two most common pediatric malpractice claims are misdiagnosis of meningitis and misdiagnosis of appendicitis, either of which can lead to life-threatening illness and/or death.
Nagel Rice lawyers are also experienced in handling cases of prenatal and obstetrical malpractice which may be the cause of wrongful birth, wrongful life, or wrongful death. These are miseries no child or parent should have to suffer because of medical incompetence or neglect. You can trust our tenacious attorneys to fight for justice on your behalf while you recover as best you can from a trauma you should never have borne.
Nagel Rice Pediatric Malpractice Attorneys Will Help You Obtain the Compensation You Deserve
Childhood illnesses and injuries can be terrifying and overwhelming. Our pediatric malpractice attorneys have a well-earned reputation for winning cases and we would like nothing better than to win yours. We know that no amount of money can make up for the misery your child and family have suffered, but we are dedicated to making sure that you get reimbursed for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Personal care and home-altering expenses needed for a long-term disability
- Mental anguish and psychotherapy for your child and other family members
- Wages you lost while tending to your sick child
- Your child’s pain and suffering
In the awful case of a wrongful death, you must also be compensated for funeral fees, burial expenses, and loss of companionship. In cases of particularly egregious misconduct on the part of the medical professionals or hospital, Nagel Rice will fight for punitive damages in addition to compensatory ones. Punitive damages more broadly punish the defendant’s outrageous errors and serve as a warning to others who might be careless enough to commit similar acts of negligence.
At Nagel Rice LLP we are acutely aware of how devastating pediatric malpractice cases can be. You can count on us to fight vigorously for your rights. We will leave no stone unturned in getting you every dollar of compensation you deserve. We are capable investigators, interviewers, negotiators and litigators and we have medical experts we can call on to testify on your behalf. When you and your child have had your trust betrayed by the medical profession, give us a call or fill out a contact form on our website. We will do everything in our power to bring you justice.
Nagel Rice LLP helps their clients with their pediatric malpractice claims throughout New Jersey including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Sussex County.