Surgical errors can cause horrific damages to patients, inside and outside depending on the type of surgery. There have been cases of surgeons leaving objects inside patients, infections spreading after surgery, and operations being done on the wrong patient. The worst cases of Queens medical malpractice like this have led to wrongful deaths. If this happened to you, then do not hesitate to seek help from a New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer who can help you file a lawsuit.
Common New York Surgical Errors and Causes
Surgical errors can impact anyone and almost any health professional can make them. At the same time, there are factors that can increase the risk of a New York surgical error like a surgeon who was drinking alcohol before the surgery or a health professional who is undertrained in certain areas. There are dozens of surgical errors that can happen, but the most common ones associated with malpractice claims are:
- Wrong-Level Surgery
- Wrong-Side Surgery
- Wrong-Part Surgery
- Wrong-Patient Surgery
One of the most shocking surgical errors is wrong-patient surgery, something that leaves many people wondering how you could perform surgery on a completely different patient. The reality is that some surgeons see close to dozens of patients a day and if a mistake on the chart is made or something is miscommunicated, a surgeon may wheel the wrong patient in for the wrong surgery.
Wrong-level surgery happens when a surgeon conducts the operation on the correct patient and site, but at the wrong level. This is similar to wrong-part surgery, except the surgery is done on the wrong body part or wrong part of the internal anatomy. Sometimes this is confused with wrong-side surgery when the procedure is done on the wrong side of the body or wrong organ. For example, doing surgery on the right instead of the left kidney.
Be wary of anesthesia errors too, which usually fall under New York medication malpractice.
How Do I Sue My New York Surgeon?
Suing your surgeon for a surgical error can be complex because you were not awake or not likely fully awake to witness the error that happened. All you can do is go off of other people's word and the damages you suffered after the surgery. Knowing that some surgeons and other staff members will do anything to cover up a costly mistake does not make this situation any less complex.
Filing a New York medical malpractice claim is something that requires evidence of the surgical error, a doctor-patient relationship that infers a standard of care, damages you suffered, and the link between the error and your damages. One way to speed up this process and increase your chances is by consulting with a lawyer.
New York Medical Malpractice Attorney
No one should have to pay for faulty surgery. Call Sullivan and Brill Law Firm in New York at (212) 566-1000 to talk to a Queens Medical Malpractice Attorney for a free consultation today. Working with our team of New York City medical malpractice attorneys might increase your chances of compensation. Our firm serves clients in New York City, Long Island, Kings, Bronx, New York, Queens, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and Rockland Counties, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.