Surgical Errors & Complications

Surgical Errors & Complications There are risks associated with every operation. Competent surgical care, however, can alleviate many of these risks. Surgical errors may occur during the operation or during pre- or post-operative care and can take the form of injuries to nearby structures, hemorrhage, infections, surgery on the wrong side of the body or on the wrong organ, or organ perforation. Surgical errors may occur in any type of surgical procedure and can be as overt as a doctor using contaminated instruments or leaving sponges in the body. The following are some of the surgical procedures in which we have successfully represented clients:

  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Hernia surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Colon/rectal surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Neurological surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Urologic surgery

The attorneys at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf have more than 90 years of experience representing patients who have been injured or have died as the result of medical malpractice involving surgical errors. Our team of attorneys includes a board-certified physician and a professional registered nurse who can assist in reviewing your case and helping you to understand the full medical scope of your claim. Our firm conducts exhaustive investigations, and we retain the most qualified experts to bring a comprehensive level of expertise to surpass that on the other side. If necessary, we also retain expert accountants and financial analysts because many surgical error cases have their own set of associated losses including lost wages, the cost of care and many other monetary costs. In order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life, we use financial professionals to derive fair resolutions for injury victims.

If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of a surgical error or complications, please contact our firm to discuss your case.

PUBLICATIONS

  • How to Handle Orthopedic and General Surgery Malpractice Cases, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1981.
  • Breast Implant Litigation, Law Journal Seminars-Press, 1992 and 1993.
  • "Proving Medical Malpractice by a Physician Who Performs Elective Plastic Surgery," Medical Malpractice Law and Strategy, Vol. XX, No. 2, December 2002.
  • "Cosmetic Surgical Malpractice: Loss of Vision following Blepharoplasty," Medical Malpractice Law and Strategy, 2000.

CASES OF NOTE

Our firm's surgical malpractice attorneys have achieved verdicts and settlements that are among the largest in New York and New Jersey. Some recent and notable results include:

  • $9,500,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case for brain damage to a young professional woman who had surgery for her uterine fibroids but then had her endotracheal tube removed prematurely so that she stopped breathing on her way to the recovery room.
  • $9,400,000 in a Manhattan medical malpractice case in which a woman suffered brain damage following ambulatory gynecologic surgery in which doctors failed to properly monitor her post-operative course in which she suffered an anoxic event was not timely treated.
  • $9,200,000 recovery against a doctor for failing to timely treat and improperly performing surgery on a small bowel obstructiona.
  • $9,000,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case involving surgery to remove fibroids in a young woman resulting in brain damage.
  • $8,000,000 recovery against a doctor for the failure to timely recognize a valvulus in a patient who had just undergone colon surgery.
  • $3,900,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case for a brain-damaged baby who was undergoing abdominal surgery when the doctor ordered a medication which caused the baby to suffer from a respiratory arrest.
  • $3,000,000 settlement (insurance policy limits) in a medical malpractice case for a woman who lost her leg as a result of improperly performed arthroscopic surgery of her knee.
  • $2,500,000 verdict in a Rockland County medical malpractice case in which a gynecologist transected a 68 year old woman’s ureter resulting in the loss of a kidney.

Disclaimer: Please be advised that the results achieved in any given case depend upon the exact facts and circumstances of that case. Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf cannot guarantee a specific result in any legal matter. Any testimonial or case result listed on this site is based on an actual legal case and represents the results achieved in that particular case, and does not constitute a guarantee, warranty or prediction of the outcome of any other legal matter.

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