Residents of Poughkeepsie, New York and the greater Hudson Valley region
routinely undergo various types of back surgeries. Whether the surgery
is a spinal fusion, laminectomy, foraminotomy, disc replacement, discectomy,
or interlaminar implant, patients expect relief from their pain and discomfort.
Experienced Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorneys know that patients expect to return to greater productivity at work, less
pain, better humor, increased fitness, and a decreased dependence on medications. However,
back surgery carries with it much risk. Risks such as infection, nerve damage, blood clots, recurrent conditions,
and paralysis are common but preventable.
In fact, many of these risks could have been avoided had the surgeon or
other medical professional not deviated from the standard of care prescribed
by the profession. All medical professionals must follow the requisite
standard of care so that preventable and foreseeable harm is not suffered
by the patient.
If not just the surgeon, who else could have committed the
negligent act that harmed the patient? In short, any medical professional who contributed
to the care of the patient can be held liable for a negligent act. It
could be a nurse, anesthesiologist, assistant, intern, medical student,
scrub techs, and the like. Even medical device companies who manufactured
items used during back surgery can be held liable if the device was defective.
Additional surgical errors include wrong level mistakes where the surgeon
operated on the wrong vertebrae. When this happens, the patient’s
ailment was never fixed, so another operation will be necessary. An issue
related to this is scarring; excessive scarring can occur when multiple
surgeries are needed to cure a defect.
Errors can occur prior to surgery in failures to properly prepare for the surgery. For example, a patient’s
medical records and medical history may not have been properly reviewed.
This is especially a problem when patients are given improper medications
because doctors did not know the patient history.
Another pre surgical error is simply misdiagnoses. Our experienced Poughkeepsie
medical malpractice attorneys have seen cases in which the patient didn’t
actually need the surgery that was performed; a different surgery was
needed, or no surgery was needed at all. Remember, the patient was complaining
about a specific problem and that issue went unresolved while the doctor’s
were treating a wrong diagnosis. The real medical problem goes untreated,
leading to advancement of the defect, possibly to the point where the
issue can never be completely remediated. This is why
our attorneys retain strong medical experts to support your case.
Whether the negligence occurred during surgery, which is the most common
in back surgery cases, or prior to surgery, the negative effects will
be long lasting. Pain and additional suffering, recurrent conditions,
diminished activity, lost work, and the like are common issues.
Learn more about the different kinds of surgical errors caused from medical
malpractice in the latest article
published on our website available here. Also learn about the common causes and common types of surgical errors in
our blog post available by clicking here.
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