Q: Do we have a malpractice case?
Hello, My relative died a week ago after bowel perforation surgery (less than a week after surgery). We took him to ER and after looking at his x-rays they determined that there were holes in his bowel. Emergency surgery was done and he passed away within a week. He had medical condition for last 2+ years and was seeing doctor at regular interval (weekly/bi-weekly). During his last couple of regular visits he had been complaining about stomach pain to his primary doctor but his primary doctor never ordered an x-ray. We believe this bowel perforation may have happened prior to us taking him to an ER and could have been treated much earlier if his primary doctor had diagnosed it properly. We would like to consult with an experienced lawyer and see if we have a malpractice case here. Please let us know if there is any charge for consultation.
A: Indeed you should. Gerald Baker and Tom Vesper are such attorneys--tell them I suggested you call. Generally you want to speak with a NJ Assn for Justice member who handles malpractice cases--which they do. They give free consultations.
They will ask about approximate dates so make the appointment but try to sketch out a timeline.
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