When you undergo surgery, you have a reasonable expectation that the surgeon will take care of you. If the specialist betrays your trust by causing avoidable harm, the emotional and physical effects can be devastating.
If you or a loved one were harmed by a negligent surgeon or care provider, speak with a Bridgeport surgical error lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. The dedicated malpractice attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna can assess your unique case and help you seek out the payments you deserve.
Most surgical procedures are highly choreographed. Each surgical team member has a role to play; if they fail to do their job correctly, the patient can suffer. Most hospitals require each surgical team member to complete multiple inspections to ensure patient safety. Despite these efforts, mistakes can still happen.
Some common preventable surgical errors include:
As the leader of the surgical team, the surgeon has ultimate responsibility for the conduct of each team member. The patient may be at risk when the surgeon cuts corners, rushes, or overrules another team member who expresses concern. A Bridgeport attorney can assess your specific case and you understand your legal options after a surgical mistake.
Under General Statutes of Connecticut §52-184c, surgeons are considered to be negligent if they fail to exercise the same degree of knowledge, medical judgment, and skill that a similarly trained surgeon would have used under the same circumstances. It is important to note that not every poor surgical outcome is necessarily the result of medical malpractice. There is always risk involved with medical procedures, and some side effects and poor outcomes are unavoidable.
However, when a patient suffers harm because the surgical team did not use reasonable care under the circumstances, this could constitute legally actionable medical malpractice. A Bridgeport attorney with experience in medical negligence cases can review a patient’s surgical record to determine whether the specialists met the standard of care.
Preventable surgical errors can cause a patient significant harm. Victims of surgical errors often require additional invasive procedures to treat the original condition and correct the surgical mistake if it is fixable. Each procedure carries additional risk that could result in severe complications such as a heart attack, stroke, or death.
The patient may suffer enduring consequences from the surgical error. Depending on the situation, a patient could experience temporary or permanent cognitive difficulties, reduced mobility, impaired respiratory function, heart damage, and many other conditions that could lead to permanent disability.
If a patient brings a successful medical malpractice action after the mistake, they may be entitled to damages that reimburse all their losses related to the surgery and relevant complications. Compensation could include medical expenses, lost income, incidentals, and subjective losses like pain, emotional anguish, disability, inconvenience, and disfigurement.
If the carelessness of your surgeon or their surgical team caused your suffering, you have legal options. Those who perform surgery have a legal and professional responsibility to act with care and consideration, and you have every right to hold them legally and financially responsible when they do not fulfill this duty.