Surgical Complications & Failure to Manage
The risk of complications is inherent in any medical procedure. In many cases, complications during surgery are unavoidable. In some cases, however, complications are caused by a physician's negligence. When surgical complications are the result of negligence, the injured patient may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the doctor who performed the procedure. In a lawsuit, injured patients can recover compensation for any economic or non-economic damages caused by their surgery gone wrong. Economic damages are any financial loss caused by the injury, while non-economic damages are any prolonged pain and suffering that resulted from the surgical complication.
Surgical malpractice or the failure to manage chronic medical conditions can cause patients serious injury. Unfortunately, complications in surgery have become more prevalent in the United States over the last decade. An investigation published by Scientific American in 2009 found that more than 200,000 people die each year because of preventable medical mistakes and infections - more than twice the number of deaths that occurred just a decade ago. Many of these deaths were the result of a doctor's failure to properly monitor their patient in surgery. The New York surgical malpractice attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, L.L.P., have been handling complex surgical malpractice and negligence cases for over 50 years. We understand the hardships that can be caused by a surgical error. As a result, we do everything we can to help our clients get their lives back on track.
Have you or someone you love suffered further injury after undergoing a medical procedure? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our New York personal injury attorneys, please call 212.406.1700 or contact us online.Consequences of Surgical Error
Patients who have suffered any of the following complications in surgery may have grounds to file a lawsuit:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis
- Serious infections
- Anesthesia accidents
- Post-operative hemorrhage
- Lacerations and bleeding
- Foreign objects left behind during surgery
- Adverse Reaction
- Contaminations from blood transfusions
Patients should keep in mind that an injury suffered during surgery does not necessarily present grounds for a lawsuit. In order to have a valid lawsuit, patients must be able to prove that the doctor acted negligently. Furthermore, the doctor's negligence must have directly caused the injury. Additionally, the patient must have suffered either economic or non-economic damages to have a valid claim.Injured Patients Shouldn't Hesitate to Retain a Surgical Negligence Lawyer
To ensure they have a valid lawsuit, injured patients should not hesitate to contact a skilled surgical negligence lawyer. The importance of seeking out a lawyer in a timely manner cannot be overstated, as conflict with the statute of limitations is possible. The statute of limitations is a law that specifies the amount of time following an injury that an injured individual has to file a lawsuit. Failure to file a claim before the statute of limitations expires can result in victims being forever barred from the compensation they may deserve. In New York, the statute of limitations for filing medical malpractice lawsuits is typically three years. The statute of limitations, however, can vary on a case by case basis. As a result it is important that individuals expedite the legal process by hiring an experienced medical malpractice attorney. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York medical malpractice lawyers understand the time constraints imposed by the statute of limitations. We handle all of our clients' claims in a timely manner to ensure they are eligible to receive compensation for their injuries.
If you or someone you love has suffered further injury due to a doctor's surgical negligence, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. For a free, no-obligation consultation with Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, call 212.406.1700 or fill out our online case review form. We will review your claim to see how our attorneys may be able to help you.