Surgical Mistakes Resulting In Medical Malpractice


New York’s Hudson Valley towns and cities have seen great advances in medical care.  Treatments are better, pharmaceuticals are better, and facilities are better.  Nonetheless, mistakes still happen.  Moreover, mistakes happen that should not have occurred.

Experienced medical malpractice attorneys know that the term “mistake” can be an understatement that does not adequately describe the severity at hand when a surgeon commits a negligent act.  It is more than a mistake; it is a complete failure.

In fact, when a surgeon commits medical malpractice he or she has failed to deliver medical care to the patient in a manner consistent with demands prescribed by the surgical profession.

Attorneys around the Hudson River have accumulated numerous years of medical malpractice experience.  Over time they see patterns develop; certain patients and medical procedures have greater probabilities for mistakes to occur.

Patients are routinely injured when anesthesia is not administered properly.  Anesthesia can be too slight or too great.  If enough is not used, the patient may awake during the surgery.  Too much can induce a coma and even cause the patient’s death.  These failures can occur in every type of surgery that requires anesthesia.

Other common medical mistakes relate specifically to a distinct procedure.  For example, gastric bypass procedures see a degree of medical negligence.  Medical malpractice litigation in this area can relate to a patient’s subsequent malnutrition, postoperative leakage, and even development of gallstones.

Surgeons are also known to accidentally puncture a patient’s organs when performing internal surgery.  Medical malpractice attorneys see this in gallbladder surgeries, gastric bypass surgeries, colonoscopies, and others where simple slips with a scalpel can sever an unintended organ.  The damage here can be organ failure.  Sepsis can occur if the intestine is severed, this too can cause death.  There will be a greater risk of infection, clotting, and a need for additional corrective surgeries.

Back surgery also sees a degree of surgical negligence.  In these cases, nerves can be negligently severed or in other ways damaged.  Sometimes, the surgeon operates on the wrong vertebra.  Back surgery mistakes can result in paralysis.  Operating on the wrong vertebra will at the very least not correct the patient’s condition, and it may cause additional medical problems.  If the mistake was not caught during surgery, the patient will have to undergo additional surgeries.  And of course, pain and suffering will continue.

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