Brooklyn Surgical Errors Lawyer
Has Surgery Made Things Worse?
When you make the decision to undergo surgery, you discuss the risk with your health care providers. Even the most minor operation includes some risk, but all parties make the effort to understand exactly what that means from the outset. Physicians explain the dangers and the possible complications, and patients make medically informed decisions about the procedures they will receive. In some cases, things will not go as planned, but everyone involved is aware of that possibility.
Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong during surgery which are not part of the normal risk consideration. A surgical error may take place as a result of negligence on the part of a physician. A patient may be injured temporarily or permanently, or may die as a result of that error. When this kind of terrible breach of surgical expectations happens to you or a loved one, turn to a surgical errors lawyer in Brooklyn for advice and support.
Medical specialists consider certain accidents during surgery to be “never events” – things which are so preventable that they should never happen. This includes operating on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong part of the body, or leaving an object inside a patient after an operation. Yet a recent analysis of medical malpractice cases in the journal Surgery revealed that over 4,000 “never events” happen in the US every year.
Every surgical team should take precautions to make sure that all care is taken during surgery, including avoiding never events. Surgery is risky, but when a patient suffers because health care professionals deviate from the expected standard of care, those care providers may become liable for negligence or failure to act. When a patient, with the help of her attorney, can show that a breach of duty was committed, and that the patient suffered injury and damages from that breach, then a case is much more likely to succeed.
The details of every surgical procedure and each surgical error case are different, but some causes of surgical error are:
– Failure to recognize symptoms, or misdiagnosis
– Failure to advise a patient of all risks
– Misreading or ignoring test results
– Performing surgery on the wrong part of the body
– Unnecessarily delayed surgery
– Performing unnecessary surgery
– Negligent use of surgical tools
– Negligent sanitary conditions
– Leaving tools, sponges, or towels inside a patient
– Failing to follow up with a patient after surgery or discharging a patient prematurely
– Reckless decisions under pressure
Experience With Surgical Errors In Brooklyn
When a surgical error affects your family, you don’t have to accept the situation quietly. It might not be possible to return things to the way they were before, but you can take steps to make sure that life can go on as close to normal as possible. Find out what Kuharski, Levitz, & Giovinazzo can do for you today.