Surgical Error Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights
The medical malpractice attorneys of the DeMore Law Firm are here to fight for your justice and get you your deserved compensation. It is unacceptable for medical professionals, hospitals, and other healthcare institutions to provide inadequate care, negligent treatment, or make mistakes that can cost you your physical freedoms or life. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers have a duty to provide competent care. If they fail to serve this purpose, and potentially worsen your conditions or cause you harm relating to a surgical procedure, you may be able to pursue legal action. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at the DeMore Law Firm are eager to fight for your rights and get you the financial compensation that you deserve.
Current Medical Practices and Likelihood of Errors.
Through modern medicine, doctors have learned to treat injuries and illnesses that were once thought impossible to treat, with the use of minimally invasive techniques and advanced technologies. As of 2020, nearly 50 million major surgeries are performed each year in the United States. While the quality and number of surgeries has risen over time, so have the standards to which we hold the involved medical professionals. Surgical errors are stated to be rare and have been recorded to only happen .5 percent of the time, but experts believe that number is far higher due to unrecorded errors.
At the DeMore Law Firm, we fully understand that one mistake is too many. If a medical professional has provided substandard care and made a harmful error involving your surgery or procedure, get help from the medical malpractice attorneys that will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys are experienced in many forms of medical malpractice suits, including surgical errors. We obtained $650,000 in a pre-suit settlement for the Estate of a Syracuse woman who passed away following hernia repair surgery at a local hospital. We also obtained $5,000,000 from a hospital in Buffalo for a 42 year-old cervical cancer survivor who was severely injured as a result of a surgeon’s negligence. Our case results also include $400,000 for the Estate of a 70 year-old man against a Hospital and a surgeon for the negligent performance of an upper lobectomy. When it comes to medical malpractice, experience matters, and the legal team at the DeMore Law Firm is here to help.
When Surgical Errors Can Happen
Many medical malpractice cases occur during surgery, but mistakes can also occur both before and after operations. If a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider has caused a surgical error involving your surgery or procedure in any of the following ways, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys of DeMore Law Firm to recover compensation.
Leading up to a surgery or procedure, healthcare providers are expected to follow an extensive list of requirements to make sure patients are ready for the surgery and are fully aware of what’s being done. The healthcare providers are expected to:
- Ensure they are fully capable and certified to perform the procedure;
- Provide the patient with all info regarding the procedure including;
- What to expect by providing “informed consent”;
- Recovery time;
- How to prepare;
- Actions to avoid before and after the procedure;
- Perform proper preoperative care
- Monitor patient’s condition
- Evaluate any potential complications
Statistics have shown that over 75 percent of surgical errors occur during the surgery itself. The most common surgical errors to occur during surgery are:
- Anesthesia errors caused by
- Failure to screen a patient’s medical history
- Dosage errors
- Improper medication choice
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Leaving a foreign object inside the body that can cause infections, punctures, cuts, or death
- Nerve damage which can lead to lifelong disabilities or physical limitations
- Wrong patient being operated on caused by communication errors among healthcare providers
Inadvertently cutting or dissecting an organ, tendon or nerve
The surgical errors that occur post-surgery typically involve failing to inform the patient of what they need to do during recovery. Healthcare providers are expected to:
- Provide written instructions of how to best recover;
- Provide verbal explanations for any questions asked concerning recovery;
- Respond to any post-surgical complications in a timely manner;
- Provide all necessary medications and tools required for proper recovery.
Most post-surgery errors involve a lack of communication or miscommunication for the recovery process. This may result in medication problems, infections, and other post-surgery complications.
Act Before It’s Too Late
In the State of New York there is a set amount of time that can pass before you can no longer file a claim for compensation. The statute of limitations for filing surgical error claims is 30 months (2.5 years). Act quickly and hire Onondaga County’s medical malpractice lawyers at the DeMore Law Firm as soon as you are aware of a surgical error.