Surgeons are highly trained professionals trusted to provide high level medical care to all patients. In New York, surgeons who fail to adhere to the appropriate standard of care may be liable for damages caused by their medical negligence.
When negligence occurs during surgery, the surgeon may not be the only one held liable. Nurses and other medical professionals who participated in the surgery, as well as the hospital itself.
What is a surgical error?
Surgical procedures often require intensive preparation and extreme precision, as even the slightest error can result in a costly mistake. While surgical mistakes are not common, they can cause severe harm to patients when they do occur. Some of the most common surgical errors:
- Performing a procedure on the wrong patient.
- Performing a procedure on the wrong part of the patient’s body.
- Leaving a surgical tool or sponge inside the patient’s body after surgery.
- Administering anesthesia patient is allergic to during surgery.
- Failing to properly address post-surgical complications or infections.
While all surgeries come with certain expected risks, surgical errors refer to errors that could have been avoided if the parties involved in the surgery had adhered to their standard of care.
If you suffered harm as a result of a surgical error caused by medical negligence, you can file a lawsuit against the medical professionals and hospital responsible for your care. You will need to show that the additional harm you suffered would not have occurred had it not been for negligence.
A successful claim can result in compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.