New Haven Surgical Error Attorneys
When you agree to undergo a surgical procedure, it is implied and assumed that, although surgery is always risky, you will be taken care of properly and the surgeon and their team will do their best to successfully complete the procedure. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and surgical errors can occur that have devastating and life-altering consequences. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious or permanent injury due to a surgical error in New Haven, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Get in touch with our New Haven medical malpractice attorneys so we can begin exploring the specific details of your situation.
How Our Firm Approaches Surgical Error Cases
At Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, we believe that you have a right to quality medical treatment and care. If you did not receive the standard of care you expected to receive, we are here to protect your rights.
Our law firm has more than 60 years of experience working on behalf of injury victims. We possess excellent litigation skills and an in-depth understanding of Connecticut medical malpractice law and the causes and effects of medical negligence. We can use these skills to work on your behalf to help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries and other losses.
But, before we put you through the rigors and challenges of pursuing a medical malpractice claim, we will make sure that what happened to you actually constitutes medical malpractice. We will listen to your story carefully and review all of your medical records. Then, if we believe that we can help you, we will consult an outside expert who can testify that what happened to you was indeed medical malpractice.
We have a wealth of experience handling all types of medical malpractice cases, including but not limited to:
- Surgical errors;
- Plastic surgery errors
- Medication errors;
- Hospital malpractice;
- Physician, nurse, and EMT malpractice;
- Failure to diagnose; and
- Birth injuries
At our law firm, we have a long-standing history of obtaining excellent settlements and verdicts for our clients. While many New Haven surgical error claims result in a settlement, we are eager and willing to take your case to trial if a fair and just settlement cannot be obtained.
We offer a free consultation to accident and injury victims in Connecticut. And we charge no fee unless we recover on your behalf.
Types of New Haven Surgical Errors
Surgical procedures take place in clinics and hospitals across the country every day. These procedures can be medically necessary, cosmetic, elective, or emergency surgeries.
There is always the risk of injury during a surgical procedure, and more than 4,000 surgical or plastic surgery errors are estimated to occur each year, to the detriment of patients across the country.
These errors include:
- Performing the wrong procedure;
- Performing an unnecessary procedure;
- Poor execution of a procedure;
- Injury during surgery;
- Leaving surgical tools inside the patient;
- Unnecessary infections after the procedure;
- Performing the procedure on the wrong body part; and
- Anesthesia errors
Note: A result that you are simply not 100% happy with, or one that was likely to happen because of a known and accepted risk, does not constitute a medical malpractice claim. This is an important distinction to remember because a medical malpractice lawyer will not take a case that isn’t the result of negligence.
Proving Medical Malpractice After a Surgical Error in New Haven
There are four things that you will need to prove in order to win a medical malpractice claim in Connecticut:
1. The Standard of Care
Surgeons are human and are not expected to be perfect. But they are expected to be reasonably competent. In other words, a surgeon has to provide the standard of care expected of a reasonably competent surgeon under the same circumstances. So, your attorney will need to hire a medical expert who is willing to testify to what that standard of care happens to be.
2. Breach of Standard of Care
You must prove that the surgeon breached the standard of care expected of a reasonably competent surgeon under the same circumstances. In other words, you must prove that the surgeon did something that a reasonably competent surgeon would not have done, or failed to do something that a reasonably competent surgeon would have done under the same circumstances.
You must prove that the surgeon’s breach actually caused the injury that you have suffered. In some cases, the surgeon may have breached the standard of care, but that breach may not have caused your injury.
For example, surgeons are supposed to wear latex gloves during surgery, and not wearing those gloves is a breach of care. But it would be hard to argue that not wearing gloves was the cause of the surgeon operating on the wrong leg because there is no clear connection between the two choices.
On the other hand, if you develop an infection after the surgical procedure, clearly the surgeon’s failure to wear the gloves may have caused your infection because the gloves are supposed to prevent infections.
You suffered harm or injury as a result of the surgeon’s breach. This means proving the nature of your claim, what kind of injuries you have suffered, how they have affected your life, what medical costs are associated with treating your injuries, and any other financial consequences of being injured as a result of the surgeon’s breach of care.
Why Hire an Attorney After a Surgical Error in New Haven?
Many people undergo surgical procedures to treat an injury or ailment, or to benefit from procedures, such as:
- Breast augmentations;
- Nose surgeries; and
- Laser eye surgeries
But, while most surgical procedures are successful, some are not.
If you are injured as a result of a surgery gone wrong in Connecticut, you may have a medical malpractice case against the surgeon. But this will depend on if you can prove that the injury was a result of a departure from the accepted standard of care, and not the result of something that is a known and accepted risk of the surgical procedure.
In order to determine that, it is vital to consult with a qualified New Haven emergency room error attorney right away, so that the proper medical expert can be retained to review your medical records to determine if there was wrongdoing involved in your particular case.
Contact a New Haven Surgical Error Attorney at Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante
A surgical error can leave you hospitalized for much longer than needed. You may also require additional surgery to repair the damage done during the initial surgery. And, sometimes a surgical error can lead to serious illness or even wrongful death.
If you believe that you are a victim of a surgical error in Connecticut, and would like to discuss your case, call Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, P.C. at 203-800-7343, toll-free at 888-692-7403, or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation with an experienced Connecticut medical malpractice lawyer.