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New Jersey residents could suffer from medical malpractice

Any patient runs the risk of being misdiagnosed, maltreated or injured, due to the negligence of a hospital or doctor. Residents of New Jersey who are faced with this situation should remember that reimbursement for damages and injuries, suffered at the hands of medical professionals, does exist. One such example involves a woman who recently won her medical malpractice lawsuit against a gynecologist, who tried to prevent her from seeking care for the severe burns he inflicted on her stomach, during a laser liposuction procedure.

The defendant went to the doctor to remove some of the stomach fat she had gained after her pregnancy. The procedure was a basic laser liposuction, but it was noted that the doctor left the room at least once during the operation. When the patient returned the next day with abdominal pain and swelling in her back, the doctor informed her that an emergency room visit was not necessary. A few days later, she was rushed to the hospital after collapsing from the pain.

The gynecologist then insisted, over the phone, that she did not need emergency treatment and should return to his office instead. Upon her arrival, she was informed her condition was improving and was given burn ointment. After seeking a second opinion, she was sent to a medical center for severe burn treatment and skin grafting surgery. In the end, she was left with permanent scars from the mishandled procedure. The court has yet to determine the amount of damages the doctor will have to pay.

Any New Jersey resident facing similar circumstances may benefit from understanding the applicable state laws. When a patient suffers an injury at the hands of a medical professional, they are potentially eligible for monetary restitution by filing a medical malpractice suit. Though the pain and suffering is not reversible, hopefully -- with a positive outcome -- the victim can receive financial relief.

Source: Medical Daily, Manhattan OB/GYN Gives Patient Third-Degree Burns, Tells Her To Stay Away From Emergency Room; Muraga Raj, 56, Found Liable Of Malpractice After Botched Liposuction, John Ericson, Oct. 16, 2013

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