NYC Surgical Mistakes Attorneys
Most people understand the inherent risk of surgery, but trust in the competence and skill of surgeons to perform a procedure. Surgeries typically go as planned but, in some cases, complications do occur and patients suffer serious harm.
Some complications arise due to surgical negligence and, in these instances, the patient is eligible to collect for medical malpractice. The medical malpractice attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC can evaluate your claim and guide you through the complicated legal process. Most hospitals will try and refute the claims of medical malpractice, and we understand how frustrating this can be when you’re suffering from a real injury or worsening of your condition.
If you’ve been injured unnecessarily by a preventable surgical error, you may be entitled to collect benefits. These benefits will help cover the costs of your initial treatment, cover any further treatments and provide financial assistance for ongoing care during your time of recovery.
Types of Surgical Mistakes
- Improper administration of anesthesia
- Use of improperly sterilized equipment
- Operation on wrong body part
- Operation on wrong patient
- Nerve damage incurred
- Tools, clamps, sponges or other equipment left inside patient.
Surgical errors are often referred to as “never events” because they are usually entirely preventable and should never have happened. Many of these errors come in the form of wrong-site, wrong-procedure, and wrong-patient adverse events (WSPEs). Of these errors, the most common, by far, is a wrong-side procedure.
Around 4,000 “never events” occur in the United States every year. In addition to WSPEs, which account for a number of these errors, leaving a foreign object inside the body of a patient occurs more frequently than many patients might assume. Johns Hopkins estimates that 39 times every week in the United States, a surgeon leaves a sponge, towel or other foreign object inside the body of a patient.
The chances of being injured by surgical error increases when a procedure is performed outside of an operating room, as they are sometimes performed in ambulatory surgery or interventional radiology. Studies indicate that nearly half of all WSPEs happen outside a standard operating room.
Consequences of Surgical Errors
Anyone who undergoes surgery knows how stressful and anxiety-ridden the process can be. People fear that something can go wrong during surgery; and when those fears become reality, the results can be traumatic in many ways. Patients who fall victim to surgical error may experience a great deal of pain and suffering. The mistakes made by surgeons might even be fatal or lead to a series of complications that ultimately lead to death.
But patients may also suffer damages from surgical error that go well beyond physical and mental pain and suffering. They might require additional surgeries, medical care or expensive medications. In some cases, these errors might impede a person’s ability to perform daily tasks, do their jobs or take care of their children. The financial consequences of medical malpractice might be equal to, if not greater than, the physical toll it has on a patient.
What Can Kaplan Lawyers PC Do for You?
By gathering evidence and eyewitness accounts, our experienced team of medical malpractice lawyers can help to build your case. There are certain guidelines in place to make sure surgeries go according to plan. If your surgeon broke protocol in any of the following ways, you deserve to be compensated:
- Surgeon was fatigued, under the influence or otherwise negligent
- Surgical team suffered from a lack of communication
- There was poor / no pre-operative planning
- Surgeons neglected to sanitize their equipment
- Surgeon’s inexperience or incompetence led to injury.
Contact Us Today
If you are the victim of a surgical mistake in New York, we sympathize with your plight and will fight alongside you through the entirety of your case proceedings. These cases can be complex, and they require a high level of skill and experience. Medical malpractice cases should be handled by a team which is very familiar with New York medical malpractice law. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we are proud of the experience we offer our clients.
We offer free consultations so you can meet with our team and discuss the details of your case. We earn no fee unless we win your case. Due to the statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims in New York, time is of the essence in filing a claim, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC by filling out our online form or calling us at any of our office locations:
(212) 563-1900 (NYC)
(516) 399-2364 (Nassau County)
(347) 758-9011 (Brooklyn)
(631) 619-5309 (Suffolk County)
(917) 382-9212 (Queens)