Representing Victims of Negligent Urologists Throughout New Jersey
Any kind of mistreatment is disturbing, but medical malpractice is especially frightening because we trust medical professionals not only to do their best to make us well, but to exercise extreme caution as they deal with our most intimate body parts. Urology is one of the medical disciplines that is particularly sensitive for patients because of the anatomical region it covers. If you have been the victim of urological malpractice in New Jersey you should contact Nagel Rice, LLP. Our law firm specializes in medical malpractice and has a well-earned reputation for winning cases and obtaining substantial compensation for its clients.
What Urologists Do
Urologists focus on both the male and female urinary tracts as well as on the reproductive system of males. Although the urinary tracts are in close proximity to the sexual and reproductive organs for individuals of both genders, females have gynecologist/obstetricians to tend to their sexual and reproductive organs, while males use urologists for both specialties.
This means that urologists concern themselves with the ureters, the urinary bladder, urethra, and (to some extent) the kidneys, but also with the testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate, and penis. Urologists treat a variety of conditions, including prostate or bladder cancer, urinary tract infections, incontinence and erectile dysfunction. The procedures they perform include vasectomies and cystoscopies (to look at the lining of the urethra and bladder). Because urology is a broad field, many urologists specialize in one area such as female urology or male infertility.
Common Types of Urological Malpractice
The most typical urological malpractice suits are filed because of mistakes during urinalysis or mishaps during surgery. Urinalysis errors may lead to misdiagnoses, unneeded prescriptions, and even unnecessary surgery. Errors during surgery can cause incontinence, sexual dysfunction, sterility or death. Negligent postsurgical care can result in internal bleeding, serious infections, and necrosis (tissue death). Clearly, urological malpractice is a very serious matter.
Unfortunately, urological mistakes can be not only painful, but life-altering. A seemingly small error in judgment, or a slip of the urologist’s hand while holding a surgical device, can result in a patient’s incontinence, impotence, or even death. We all know that everyone makes mistakes, but if your urologist has been negligent or reckless, you are entitled to monetary compensation for your suffering. At Nagel Rice we handle cases involving urological malpractice as well as other types of medical malpractice and personal injury. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or permanently disabled by an incompetent or negligent urologist in New Jersey, you should contact one of our skilled attorneys promptly.
Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice in New Jersey
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations on medical malpractice is 2 years. Usually the time period is counted from the date of injury, but it may be extended to begin at the time you recognized (or could reasonably have been expected to discover) the harm your doctor caused.
The Need for “Informed Consent”
Every medical or surgical procedures involves a certain amount of risk; it is the doctor’s responsibility to inform his or her patient of any and all risks so that the patient can give “informed consent.” If you have had a complication from a surgical procedure that you were never informed was a potential risk, you have not been treated fairly. If you have suffered severe and/or permanent injury as a result of a procedure, and you know you were not informed that such an injury was a potential risk, you may very well have a winnable medical malpractice suit.
If you are in this situation, you should contact Nagel Rice for a free consultation during which our attorneys will evaluate your case. Remember: we will only take your case if we believe we can win it and we will only charge you an attorney’s fee if we do.
Affidavit of Merit in New Jersey for Urological Malpractice
In New Jersey it is necessary for the plaintiff to obtain an “affidavit of merit” within 60 days after the healthcare provider has filed a response to the lawsuit. In this affidavit, an “appropriate licensed person” (typically another respected urologist) must declare under oath that the defendant did not meet the accepted standard of care and that there is a valid basis for filing this medical malpractice lawsuit. If the affidavit of merit is not provided, the case may be dismissed.
Why You Need Nagel Rice
Nagel Rice LLP has decades of experience fighting medical malpractice cases, including urological ones. Our sharp personal injury attorneys have outstanding legal talent. We have cumulatively won over $1 billion for our clients, millions of those dollars paid to those seeking compensation for medical malpractice. If you believe that you have been the victim of urological malpractice and live in New Jersey, you should consult with us. We will listen to your story with compassion and evaluate the viability of your case. If we take you on as a client, we will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve for:
- Medical, surgical, and rehabilitative costs
- Lost income, present and future
- Long-term care for permanent disability
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Necessary psychological counseling related to the incident
- Physical pain
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our attorneys have well-honed skills in both negotiation and litigation so we may be able to obtain a substantial settlement for you without ever taking your case to court.
Caps on Damages for Urological Malpractice in New Jersey
There is currently no cap on the compensatory damages (listed above) that you may be awarded for medical malpractice in New Jersey. On the other hand, New Jersey law does limit punitive damages to $350,000 or five times the amount of compensatory damages, whichever is greater. Punitive damages are only awarded when the defending doctor is proven to have acted with “wanton and willful disregard” of possible harm to the patient, or with “actual malice.” and are rarely awarded in urological malpractice cases.
Nagel Rice Will Take It From Here
If you have suffered due to urological malpractice, you have undergone serious trauma. At Nagel Rice, we are prepared to handle all legal and insurance matters while you take the time you need to heal, physically and emotionally. You can trust us to fight vigorously for your right to receive significant compensation from those who harmed you. Reach out to us by phone or by filling out a contact form on our website. At Nagel Rice, we try cases and we produce results.
Nagel Rice LLP helps their clients with their urological malpractice claims throughout New Jersey including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Sussex County.