Surgical Errors

New York Lawyers Handling Surgical Error Claims

According to information collected and reported in Dr. Sanjaya Kumar's book, "Fatal Care: Survive in the U.S. Health System," 98,000 people die annually due to hospital error. In the case of surgical errors, poor preoperative planning, lack of proper sterilization, surgeon negligence and wrong-site surgery are often to blame. Surgeons can make serious mistakes in all types of surgery, including organ transplants, LASIK eye surgery, gastric bypass, orthopedic surgery, spinal surgery and routine gallbladder removal.

At Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, our attorneys expose negligence on the part of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and orderlies in cases involving surgical errors. We review operating room (OR) video footage when available, the patient's vital signs charting, medical records, and communications between doctors and staff, as well as a doctor's schedule and work history. We look for signs of surgeon fatigue, miscommunication, deviations from standard treatment protocols and errors in judgment or technique that can constitute medical malpractice.

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Don't let a doctor or hospital tell you that your medical complications or injuries are the result of inherent risks associated with the surgical procedure you had. Demand answers and accountability. Contact Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

The Cost Of A Surgical Error

Surgical errors often result in serious medical complications that lead to disfigurement, organ failure, infections and even death. At Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick, our attorneys consult medical economists and life care planners in determining the financial impact of surgical errors on our clients. We take into account the cost of additional surgery that is often needed to correct surgical mistakes as well as the costs of hospitalization, medication and lost wages. In addition to compensation for financial losses, we seek compensation for the physical and emotional losses caused by medical malpractice such as permanent disability, pain, suffering and emotional distress. When gross negligence is evident, we may seek punitive damages as well.

Surgical Errors And Surgeon Negligence That Result In Injury

The law firm of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick represents clients injured by all types of surgical errors, including:

Operating Room Mistakes

When you go under the knife for surgery, you trust that skilled and qualified surgeons and medical staff will be taking care of your from start to finish. But if you are injured as a result of a surgical error, the results can haunt you for the rest of your life.

Surgery is dangerous, no matter what you are told by hospital personnel. It is not routine, and a lot can go wrong, even with the best operating room staff. When negligence is the cause of operating room errors, victims should find out about their rights and options.

We have handled a broad range of operating room malpractice claims, including those involving:

  • Instruments or sponges left in patients
  • Failure to identify and isolate nerves, blood vessels and organs
  • Removal of the wrong organ
  • Excessive blood loss
  • Perforated bowels
  • Failure to treat post operative infections
  • Nerve damage

When vital organs are involved, a slip of the knife is not acceptable. We provide the victims of surgical errors with an aggressive pursuit of justice. When mistakes are made that change your life forever, people need to be held accountable for their negligence.

Gangrene And Hospital Infections

Hospital-caused infections can be the result a lack of preventive practices such as handwashing. Failing to administer prophylactic antibiotics after risky surgery can be another.

When a hospital-caused infection leads to gangrene and other serious complications, victims need to understand their options. They may lose a limb or develop sepsis in other parts of the body, necessitating amputation. Our law firm can help. We handle all hospital infection cases, including those involving:

  • Staph infections
  • Gangrene
  • Loss of organs
  • Amputations
  • Death

While infections are a part of life and no hospital can guarantee there won't be infections, medical professionals have a responsibility to closely monitor patients and to use best practices to avoid the spread of infection. When infections are discovered, they need to be treated aggressively to prevent major complications. When that doesn't happen, those responsible need to be held accountable.

Improper Anesthesia

While often not mentioned very much, anesthesiologists play a huge role in the success or failure of medial procedures. The anesthesiologist is the medical professional charged with the overall safety of the patient during surgical or other medical procedures that require general anesthesia. Too much, too little or the wrong type of anesthesia, along with failing to monitor the condition of the patient, are the most common anesthesia errors. Mistakes by an anesthesiologist can not only cause a bad surgical outcome, but can also threaten the life of a patient.

Many injuries and side effects occur as a result of anesthesia errors. We help injury victims pursue a wide variety of anesthesia malpractice claims, including those involving:

  • Failure to monitor
  • Loss of oxygen
  • Under and over sedated patients

No matter how qualified a professional is, mistakes are bound to happen. But there is no excuse for failing to pay attention. Far too many anesthesia-related problems could be prevented by monitoring patients more closely. When anesthesiologists, doctors, surgeons or nurses fail to monitor vital readings and react accordingly, they need to be held accountable.

To File A Surgical Malpractice Lawsuit, Contact Our Lawyers Today

It doesn't matter how prominent the surgeon or how big the HMO - we have the resources to establish a balance of power in the courtroom and hold negligent surgeons financially accountable for their mistakes. To schedule a free consultation and discuss your case, contact us online or call us at 866-502-9091 to speak with the law office of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick today.

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