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FIGHTING FOR MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VICTIMS IN CAPE MAY COUNTY
Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, physician, or other healthcare professional causes harm to you due to their own negligence or error. Patients have the legal right to hold hospitals and healthcare practitioners accountable for these mistakes, which can have life long consequences for victims.
Richard Hollawell has handled countless medical malpractice cases since 2001. His practice has assisted victims and their families who have suffered catastrophic injuries or death at the hands of physicians and hospitals, and helped victims receive the compensation they are owed. If you were injured in a Cape May County hospital or by a physician practicing in Cape May county, contact our office today so we can begin our investigation into your case.
Contact our medical malpractice lawyers today at 1-800-681-3550 or using the form below for a free consultation.
Hospitals and Urgent Care Centers in Cape May County
Cape Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the county, and has operated in Cape May since 1950. AtlantiCare also operates two urgent care centers, one in the South in Cape May, and one in Marmoa in the North. The lack of choice in hospital care in Cape May County means that many people have few options in the immediate area to take care of their medical needs.
Demographics of Cape May County
The median age in Cape May is over 50, and over 27% of residents in Cape May are older than 65. Aging adults experience a much higher risk of chronic disease, with 60% of older adults managing 2 or more chronic conditions at a time. People aged 65 and older represent nearly 40% of hospitalized adults, and nearly half of all health care dollars spent on hospitalization in the United States.
This data indicates that residents of Cape May County are more likely to need treatment at Cape Regional Medical Center, or the AtlantiCare urgent care centers on a regular basis than residents of counties with a younger population.
Health Concerns in Cape May County
During the period between 2011 and 2015, health conditions deteriorated in Cape May County, falling to 19th out of 21 counties for child well-being, with a mortality rate of 13.7%, the highest in the state. While these numbers have improved, the county still ranks 16th out of 21 counties in NJ for health outcomes, with a much higher age-adjusted death rate than the rest of the state and United States as a whole.
Focus groups with health care professionals and residents in 2017 identified the top four health concerns in Cape May County as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Mental health/Substance use disorder
Medical Malpractice Laws In Cape May County
Most states have very similar laws for medical malpractice cases. Malpractice occurs when the physician, nurse, or anyone on your medical team fails to meet the accepted standard of care owed to a patient. That is, the care that would be generally accepted in the medical community for your condition.
Failing to meet the standard of care could include things like:
- Misdiagnosing a condition
- Unreasonable delays in providing treatment or care
- Incorrect treatment
- Failing to diagnose an issue in a reasonable amount of time
- Surgical errors
- Birth errors
In Cape May county, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years, as it is for the rest of the state. New Jersey does make an exception for patients, stating that those two years begin once a patient would have become reasonably aware of their illness or injury that stemmed from the malpractice.
How A Cape May County Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help With Your Case
Not every mistake on the part of a medical practitioner is considered malpractice. In order to prove your case, you must show that the healthcare provider failed to meet the standard of care that another, similarly qualified healthcare provider would have. Medical experts will need to testify that the actions that caused your injury were improper and unreasonable.
Unfortunately, patients suffer injuries at the hands of doctors that they trust to help them all too frequently. These injuries can cause life long suffering, lost wages, and extensive medical bills. Richard Hollawell can help gather the evidence and experts you need to prove your case, and get you the compensation that you need to get your life back on track while you focus on the most important thing; your recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation at 1-800-681-3550 or fill out our contact form.