Do Simultaneous Surgeries Increase the Risk of Medical Malpractice?

Simultaneous or concurrent surgeries are an accepted, if not widely-known, practice among many hospitals and medical providers. As reported by CBS New York, this practice is a profit-driven practice wherein a surgeon has multiple operations occurring at the same facility at the same time. The surgeon does the important parts of the multiple procedures while assistants perform those “routine” parts. Often, the patients are completely unaware that their chosen surgeon is not present for the entirety of their procedure.

The question then becomes, does this practice, which is obviously driven by money, increase the risk of injury or unexpected outcomes to patients? At a bare minimum, patients should be told that their surgeon and medical facility is employing this practice in the operative suite. Common sense would indicate that a surgeon who agrees to operate on a patient should not book another surgery at the same time. If there is a surgical error due to a timing event or lack of focus, the consequences could be catastrophic. For example, if the surgeon leaves the operating room and an emergency arises, the patient would be left in the hands of a resident or other, less-experienced surgeon. Such a situation would undoubtedly raise questions of potential medical malpractice.

Individuals who have suffered an injury due to a botched surgery can face many hardships. Surgical malpractice may cause patients to suffer serious injuries and may be fatal in some cases. In addition to physical hardships, botched surgeries can force injured patients to suffer numerous financial difficulties. Surgical malpractice can cause patients to suffer lost wages, high medical bills not covered by insurance, and lasting pain and suffering. As a result, victims of medical malpractice may be able to file a lawsuit against the doctor who performed their surgery. Patients who have been injured during surgery should not hesitate to contact a New York surgical malpractice attorney. At, Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., we understand how difficult the period of time following a surgery-related injury can be. We are committed to helping get our clients’ lives back on track. As a result, we pursue maximum compensation for all of our clients.

Patients who have suffered an injury due to surgical malpractice should speak to a lawyer immediately to avoid conflict with the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a law that specifies the amount of time a victim has to file a lawsuit after an injury. The failure to bring a lawsuit in a timely manner can forever bar injured patients from receiving the compensation they may deserve. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool our medical malpractice attorneys are aware of the statute of limitations for all forms of medical malpractice. We will evaluate and file all of our clients’ claims in a timely manner.

Have you or someone you love suffered an injury or died due to a botched surgery? If so, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. To see how the attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, may be able to assist you, call us 212-406-1700 or contact us online. All consultations are free of charge.