No one in New York (or anywhere for that matter) really likes to think about having to undergo any type of necessary surgery related to an adverse health condition. Most people are thankful, however, that advanced technology and skilled hands make it possible to provide healing and improved health to those who suffer — many from conditions that would typically have been fatal just a few decades ago. There’s obviously a safety risk inherent in every surgical procedure, but patients should be able to trust that the utmost care will be taken to keep them safe; when medical malpractice occurs, it can devastate lives forever.
Many people have survived surgery, only to learn later (due to declined conditions or worsening symptoms post surgery) that terrible mistakes were made while they were unconscious. In fact, some people have returned to the hospital after being stitched shut and sent home, with terrible abdominal pain or other ill-health feelings. When their surgical wounds have been re-opened, they’ve been shocked to learn surgeons had left foreign objects inside their bodies that have become severely infected.
This is not the only type of negligence associated with surgery. Improper dosage of anesthesia, wrong site surgery, removal of the wrong body part and operating on the wrong patient altogether are other horrific errors that sometimes occur in hospitals throughout the nation. When a trusted medical professional fails to fulfill the obligations and responsibilities associated with patient care, injured patients may feel angry and betrayed, knowing their suffering could have been prevented.
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP, in New York, can help you gather evidence to substantiate a medical malpractice claim. We can also enlist third-party testimony when appropriate to confirm the severity of your injury as well as the probable cause. We are committed to helping clients throughout the state and surrounding regions seek compensation for damages caused by medical negligence.