New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Rehabilitation center negligence is responsible for thousands of injuries every year
After undergoing a surgery or suffering an injury, many patients are referred to rehabilitation centers to ensure that they heal properly. At rehabilitation centers, patients work with physical therapists and other medical professionals to recover. They typically complete exercises which improve the patient’s range of motion and flexibility. For example, a patient with a broken hip would work on walking exercises and other stretches to make sure the patient is not limited by his injury. However, many rehabilitation centers and their staff members are ill-prepared and actually cause harm. At Brady, Brady & Reilly, LLC, our New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys are experienced in rehabilitation center negligence and work diligently so you obtain the maximum compensation possible under the law.
Proving that a rehabilitation center was negligent
Many rehabilitation center patients are unaware their injuries were actually caused by the negligence of rehabilitation center staff. Recovering from an injury or surgery is never a pain-free process. It is well-known that physical therapy and similar treatments are often painful. To prove a rehabilitation center was negligent and committed medical malpractice, the claimant must show:
- The rehabilitation center and/or its staff owed the claimant a duty;
- That duty was breached due to a negligent act or omission; and
- Due to this breach, the claimant suffered damages.
Establishing the duty the rehabilitation center owed the claimant is typically straightforward. Patients must sign a consent form before they undergo treatment at rehabilitation centers. These forms establish the relationship with the medical provider.
Proving the rehabilitation center was negligent takes a bit more work. Our New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys carefully review medical records and other documents to analyze your potential claim. Our attorneys often consult with medical experts as well. Our medical malpractice attorneys must show the rehabilitation center or medical professional breached the standard of care and caused your injuries. This means the individual, or entity, responsible for your injury, through some act or omission, treated you in a manner not accepted within the medical community. For example, perhaps a physical therapist did not fully understand the nature of the injuries before treating the patient. Our attorneys work to show the steps the physical therapist failed to take to ensure they had a full understanding of the patient’s injuries.
Establishing damages is often a challenge. Our NJ malpractice attorneys must prove harm was directly caused by the rehabilitation center. Again, this requires a careful analysis of all medical records and other evidence in the case. Injured patients may be awarded various types of damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- The cost of future medical care
- The cost of making alterations to a home, such as wheelchair ramps
- Loss of consortium
The damages awarded in a case vary depending on the individual claim.
Call our experienced New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys today to discuss your injuries
At Brady, Brady & Reilly, we know medical malpractice claims are stressful and overwhelming. Our New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys are prepared to fight on your behalf so you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life. To schedule a free consultation with our office, call 201-997-0030 or contact us online.