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Surgical Error Lawyers

anxious male patient in hospital gownHospital negligence attorneys serving Long Island and New York City for over 25 years.

Those who’ve suffered the consequences of surgical errors may have a claim for damages and are urged to speak with a Long Island medical malpractice lawyer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye as soon as possible. Successfully representing New York residents since 1952, we are renowned for our personal attention, legal expertise and impressive results taking on deep-pocketed hospitals and insurance companies.

Our attorneys have witnessed the disastrous outcomes that surgical mistakes place on victims and their loved ones, and have the resources and diligence to get to the bottom of these injuries to determine if you’re entitled to file a Long Island medical malpractice lawsuit to recover financial compensation.

Prevalence of surgical mistakes in hospitals

A recent study published in the medical journal, Surgery, estimates that surgeons commit at least 39 shocking blunders a week while operating, such as leaving foreign objects inside the patient.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University further determined that roughly 20 times a week doctors perform the wrong surgery or operate on the wrong body part. These so-called “never” events happen a staggering 4,000 times each year in America’s hospitals, leaving victims with life-altering injuries, complications and enormous medical bills that can place the entire family on the brink of medical bankruptcy.

If you have suffered a serious personal injury as a result of a surgical error in a Long Island or NYC hospital, please contact the law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye for a complimentary evaluation of your case. Boasting a network of board-certified health care practitioners and veteran support staff, we can help you understand the full scope of your claim and your eligibility for securing monetary damages to cover economic and non-economic losses.

Hospitals may profit from surgical errors, study shows

Disturbing research published in the April 2013 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed how hospitals yield a hefty profit from surgical errors. Researchers discovered that hospital patients who suffered at least one or more preventable complications after surgery stayed (on average) four times longer – adding $30,000 to their final bill. With doctors and hospitals benefiting from higher profit margins, it begs the question what incentives healthcare providers have to reduce this high rate of medical mistakes.

If a patient develops a preventable complication or injury following an operation, which entails an extended hospital stay, surgical malpractice could be to blame. While errors during surgery may not be attributed to every case, thousands of patients who suffer needlessly may have valid grounds for taking legal action.

Determining whether a surgeon is liable for malpractice is a complicated task, which is why our New York City & Long Island personal injury lawyers conduct comprehensive investigations and retain the most qualified experts to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.

Common types of surgical errors

Overworked and fatigued doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel may be more prone to committing errors during surgery, but there are a host of factors that can culminate in critical mistakes. Something as simple as a miscommunication between staff or misread patient information can cause a patient to suffer a lifetime of pain, emotional trauma and costly medical bills.

Our NY medical malpractice attorneys can pursue a claim based on injuries or death caused by:

  • Anesthesia errors
  • Wrong-site surgery
  • Poor surgical outcome
  • Leaving a foreign object behind
  • Wrong patient surgery
  • Damage to nerves or organs
  • Infection or other post-op complications
  • Misuse of medical instruments
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Cosmetic surgery errors

In the wake of any type of personal injury sustained in a hospital setting it may seem overwhelming to try and file suit, especially when you’re still recovering and unable to work, or perform normal daily tasks. Keep in mind that taking legal action against the responsible parties may be the only way to counter an escalating pile of medical bills, while protecting your family’s financial future.

Long Island surgical errors attorney

The LI medical malpractice law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye will stop at nothing to maximize the value of your case and handle all aspects of litigation and potential mediation negotiations, so that you can focus on what matters most: your recovery. With one of New York’s leading personal injury firms on your side, you can rest easy knowing we are working tirelessly to achieve the highest settlement or court judgment on your behalf.

Whether your injuries arose from surgical mistakes, poor pre-operative planning, or general incompetence that fell below the accepted standard of care, our attorneys will fight for obtain maximum compensation.

Compensation for medical malpractice claims in NY may include:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Emotional trauma
  • Pain and suffering

Our firm has achieved sizeable verdicts and settlements on behalf of surgical error victims, and New York’s courts are known for some of the nation’s largest malpractice verdicts.

Just this year, a Brooklyn woman who lost both of her of legs after a botched gynecological surgery won $64 million against the Long Island hospital where she was treated. Jurors ordered Winthrop University Hospital to pay the 34-year-old mother this staggering sum after they found her doctor liable for puncturing her intestines during a routine procedure. Stacey Gallete won $20 million for her pain and suffering, $38 million for future pain and suffering, and an additional $4 million to cover her medical expenses.

Protect your legal rights

New York laws protect those who have suffered injuries as a result of a medical professional’s negligence or wrongful actions. Since statutes of limitations impose deadlines on when you can file a NY medical malpractice lawsuit, it’s imperative to consult with an attorney as soon as the injury or complication is discovered.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by surgical errors in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, or Staten Island, contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye to arrange for a no-charge consultation to discuss your legal options. Known for our compassion, integrity and unwavering dedication, we are ready to fight for the compensation Long Islanders need and deserve. Call toll free at 1.800.469.7429.

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  2. Medical News Today, Surgical Errors Occur More Than 4,000 Times A Year In The U.S., http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/254426.php
  3. New York Times, Hospitals Profit From Surgical Errors, Study Finds, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/health/hospitals-profit-from-surgical-errors-study-finds.html?_r=0
  4. New York Daily News, Jury awards $62 million to Brooklyn mom who lost her legs in botched procedure at Winthrop University Hospital, http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/jury-awards-62-million-brooklyn-mom-article-1.1575800#commentpostform