Types of Surgical Injury Cases
Undergoing a surgical procedure is supposed to help improve health but when medical professionals make errors, it can lead to a serious injury. A surgical injury can cause lifelong complications, sometimes requiring additional surgery and rehabilitation.
At Zucker & Regev, P.C., our medical malpractice lawyers represent victims of all types of surgical injury cases throughout Brooklyn, NY, and can help you if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a negligent surgeon or other medical professional.
Sadly, surgical injuries are all too common. Here are some of the most serious types of surgical injury cases our attorneys can help victims recover compensation for.
Leaving Foreign Objects in a Patient
When a surgeon fails to adequately inspect a surgical site before closing incisions or the surgical team fails to keep accurate track of surgical tools it can result in leaving behind foreign objects in the patient.
Leaving a foreign object, like clamps or surgical sponges, in a patient after surgery can lead to serious injuries, infection, pain, or even death.
Operating on the Wrong Patient
When surgeons and medical staff don’t take proper precautions in identifying Brooklyn patients before a surgery or when medical records are mistakenly switched, surgery may be performed on the wrong patient.
Operating on the wrong patient can cause serious complications and result in mental trauma and permanent injury.
Compartment syndrome is a condition in which bleeding or swelling creates intense pressure within a person’s muscles. Compartment syndrome can happen after an injury or surgery. Surgeons can cause compartment syndrome if the patient isn’t properly positioned during surgery.
Compartment syndrome can take several days to become noticeable and if left untreated, it can result in nerve damage within the affected muscles. In extreme cases it can even cause vital organs to shut down.
Anesthesia is used during surgery to keep patients from feeling pain during their procedure. Anesthesia affects blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate. Accordingly, anesthesia errors can cause serious complications.
Incorrect doses of anesthesia can cause brain damage or even death. If too little anesthesia is administered, a patient may regain consciousness during surgery but be unable to communicate with the surgical team.
Operating on the Wrong Site
Operating on the wrong site can happen when medical staff fail to take the proper steps to verify they’re operating on the correct location.
Operating on the wrong site can lead to errors such as removing the wrong organ in a patient, like the left kidney instead of the right kidney, or amputating the wrong limb.
In some cases, surgical errors can result in wrongful death. A wrongful death from a surgical injury refers to deaths that were caused by a preventable error. A wrongful death may happen during surgery or sometime after sustaining a preventable surgical injury.
Contact Zucker & Regev, P.C.
When surgical injuries are caused by the negligence of a medical professional, victims should be compensated for their pain and suffering as well as other damages. The medical malpractice lawyers of Zucker & Regev, P.C. help injured parties get the maximum compensation for their injuries. To discuss your case with our attorneys, call our Brooklyn office at (718) 624-1211 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.