An extremely common type of
medical malpractice is negligence related to surgical errors. Under this branch of medical
malpractice are many different, yet common, types of surgical errors that
occur daily in New York.
Experienced Newburgh medical malpractice attorneys know that residents in and around the Hudson Valley regions of New York
have suffered from, and continue to suffer from, surgical error malpractice.
First, we must accent the difference between “risks of surgery”
and mistakes. Anyone who has contemplated surgery has also imagined the
possibility of the surgeon making a mistake. We know that mistakes happen,
but this doesn’t mean that they are accepted risks of surgery. A
risk of surgery is what the doctor’s know can go wrong even if the
surgery itself was a “success”.
Medical malpractice, or errors that should never happen, is not an acceptable risk of surgery.
Common surgical errors involve leaving foreign objects inside the body;
such as clamps, sponges, gauze, towels, scalpels, gloves, etc. Each week,
surgeons perform the wrong procedure on the patient. This includes not
just an entirely wrong procedure, but also the right procedure performed
on the wrong side of the body. Organs have been negligently punctured,
perforated, or lacerated. Incisions can be wrongfully performed. Even
anesthesia is commonly administered incorrectly.
Many errors relate to child birth as well. Sometimes the baby is in distress
but the medical professionals fail to recognize the signs when they should
have been noticed. Forceps used to aid birth can be used improperly. Additionally,
a doctor can commit medical malpractice by failing to recognize the need
for a cesarean section. Of course, the negligence could have arisen before
the birthing event, during the course of prenatal care, as when the doctor
fails to recognize that something is wrong with fetus. Negligence can
also occur after birth during neonatal care.
Other common surgical procedures in which
medical malpractice occurs are cardiac surgeries, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, colorectal
surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, back surgery, hernia surgery, and many more.
Any given surgical error can lead to a number of issues. There can be excessive
bleeding, increased risk of infection, nerve damage, blood clots, paralysis,
and damaged organs, among others. The victimized patient may be forced
to undergo additional surgeries that he or she would not otherwise have
had to endure. The effects can be emotional as well. Sufferers of surgical
errors can suffer from anxiety, depression, and even post traumatic stress disorder.
Are you interested in learning more about the various types of surgical
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