The purpose of the spinal surgery was to relieve the compression of Faith’s spinal cord, yet doctors ignored the signs that the surgically installed hardware used along her spine was incorrectly placed. Worse, Faith’s surgeon went on vacation two times during her recovery, leaving her alone, paralyzed, and incontinent for ten days. It was only when another doctor noticed the seriousness of her condition that the hardware causing her paralysis was removed through another surgery.
Sadly, it was too late by this time, and Faith was left with permanent quadriparesis and permanent loss of her bowel and bladder control.
At the medical malpractice lawsuit trial, Faith’s surgeon falsely claimed that it was a phantom blood clot that caused her paralysis and that there was nothing he could have done to prevent it. Thankfully, the jury saw through this false claim and awarded Faith $135 million in damages for her life-destroying injuries.
Surgical errors are considered “never events” because they should never have occurred in the first place. Ultimately, they are preventable mistakes that doctors make during surgery, which can lead to injury, disability, or even death.
While not all surgical errors can be prevented, there are several common causes of surgical errors that have arisen in numerous medical malpractice lawsuits. Oftentimes, surgical errors are due to:
- Insufficient preoperative planning
- Human error
- An improper work process
- Poor communication
Because there are so many causes of surgical errors, the best course of action that you can take when filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is to contact a medical malpractice lawyer. This lawyer will be able to guide you through the entire legal process and assist you with the following steps:
- Contacting the medical professional involved
- Contacting the appropriate medical licensing board if the professional does not help you
- Finding out the statute of limitations
- Getting a certificate of merit
- Considering settling out of court
Like the law in general, certain aspects of medical malpractice law, such as the statute of limitations, differs between states. If you live in NYC, then it’s best that you contact an NYC medical malpractice attorney to help you with your case and provide you with the best possible chance of winning your lawsuit and receiving compensation for the damages that you incurred from the surgical error.
If a doctor has injured or disabled you because of a surgical error, you can contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC.
You can have a free, confidential consultation by calling (212) 697-9280 and speaking to one of our medical malpractice attorneys today.