Fort Lauderdale Surgery Error/Mistake Attorney
If you’ve been injured during a surgical procedure or operation, contact this Fort Lauderdale Surgery Error/Mistake Lawyer for help. Surgery errors can occur during various stages of the treatment process. For example, they can occur before the surgery even begins. A doctor may order that an unnecessary surgery/procedure be performed. If this is done and you are injured during the surgery, then you may have a case of medical malpractice.
This is true especially if there were financial incentives for the doctor involved in the procedure. As such, if you hire Mr. Quackenbush as your attorney, he will do a thorough investigation to determine how much money the doctor earned for your surgery, etc. This may allow help him to prove the point that the doctor performed the unnecessary procedure for money.
On the other hand, the doctor may order the surgery simply based on an incorrect diagnosis. The doctor may mistakenly think that you have a diagnosis which requires surgery, whereas in reality you don’t. If this is the case, then you may have a medical malpractice case based on mistaken diagnosis.
Finally, a doctor may decide to perform surgery even though you have other “co-morbidities.” A co-morbidity is defined as the simultaneous existence of two distinct diseases or conditions in the body. If you have other conditions (unrelated to the condition for which you are having surgery) that makes it dangerous for you to have surgery, but your surgeon decides to perform the operation any way – then you may have a medical malpractice case against the doctor should you be harmed during the procedure. For example, if you have a bad back and a heart condition, then you may not be a good candidate for back surgery. Perhaps your doctor should attempt more conservative treatment (i.e., physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, etc.) before surgery. If he doesn’t and launches right into surgery, then he or she may be responsible if you have heart problems during the surgery.
In fact, before you undergo surgery, you are typically required to run through a battery of tests to determine your fitness for surgery – and your doctor is supposed to get “surgical clearance” for you. If this doesn’t happen and you develop a complication during the procedure that was something that could have been caught during the surgical clearance (for example, if you had a heart problem), then the surgeon can be held responsible for causing the complication.
For a free, no obligation consultation, contact this Fort Lauderdale Surgical Error/Mistake Law Firm at 954-448-7288 if you’ve been injured during a surgical procedure occurring anyplace in the State of Florida (including Miami, Miami-Dade County, West Palm Beach or Palm Beach County).
Should you make the decision to hire Mr. Quackenbush as the attorney in your case, he will work on a contingency basis – which means that there will be no charge to you until a recovery is made. So, there is no risk to you.
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Surgical errors may also obviously occur during the actual surgery. For example, surgical mistakes may occur in the form of anesthesia errors. That is, too much anesthesia may be given during the procedure. If this occurs, the person undergoing the procedure may tragically pass away during the procedure. On the other hand, if too much anesthesia is given, then the person undergoing the procedure may never “come out of” the procedure and may wind up in a coma or persistent vegetative state.
Surgery may also be performed on the wrong body part. For example, we have all heard horror stories of procedures that were performed on the wrong side of the body (for example, the left arm being operated on instead of the right). Hospitals are busy places and surgeons can be distracted – as a result, simple errors like this may occur. If this happens to you, then your surgeon may clearly be responsible for the harm caused. This South Florida Surgical Error/Mistake Attorney handles cases in which objects are left inside the body after a surgery.
Various objects (surgical instruments or tools, sponges, etc.) may also be left in the body. If this occurs and causes you physical problems, then you may have a medical malpractice case against your surgeon.
Further, your surgery may occur in a non-sterile environment. This is critically important in order to prevent infection. Doctors or nurses may transfer harmful germs and bacteria to the patient (through an open wound, for example) during a procedure. Dirty, contaminated or unclean surgical tools may do the same. Additionally, if the air in the “OR” (operating room) isn’t sufficiently circulated, then dangerous germs and bacteria may fester and infect patients during surgery. If any of these occurred and you became infected during your surgical procedure, then you may have a case against the doctor or nurses that caused your infection.
Common infections that may develop after a surgical procedure include MRSA, staph infections or “shingles” (varicella virus).
Finally, during surgery, surgeons may harm other body parts other than the one being operated on. For example, surgeons may accidently damage other organs, veins, arteries or nerves. If this occurs and you experience harm, you may have a medical malpractice case against the surgeon that made the mistake.
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One of the defenses in your surgery error/mistake medical malpractice case may be that the complication you developed during the surgery was a known-risk of the procedure. That is, the complication may be something that is expected after a certain number of similar surgeries. This may have even been something that was explained to you. If this is the case in your situation, then you may not be able to pursue a medical malpractice case.
On the other hand, if the known complications of the procedure were not explained to you, then you may be able to pursue a case against the surgeon that caused your harm. After all, doctors are supposed to obtain “informed consent” before performing surgery. That is, you must consent or agree to the procedure, and your consent must be “informed” (i.e., all of the risks and possible complications must be explained to you). This South Florida Surgical Error/Mistake Lawyer handles cases involving the lack of informed consent.
Moreover, if the complication that developed after your procedure was not a known-risk of the procedure, then you may be able to pursue a case against the surgeon that performed the procedure. In order to prove this, you must be able to show that your harm was actually caused by the surgeon (and not simply a known-risk which occasionally develops after the procedure even if the surgeon did everything right). You will need to prove that the surgeon didn’t act up to the “standard of care” of a reasonable surgeon. That is, if another surgeon wouldn’t have made the same mistake as your surgeon, then you may be able to pursue a case against your surgeon.
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If your loved one has tragically passed away during a surgical procedure, then you may be able to pursue a wrongful death medical malpractice case on behalf of your loved one. Either you or another family member or relative will most likely be appointed as the personal representative of your loved one’s estate, and any proceeds from the case will be divided up amongst the survivors or beneficiaries of your loved one.
Nevertheless, there are all sorts of restrictions and limitations on your ability to bring a medical malpractice wrongful death case on behalf of your loved one (such as restrictions on which family members can receive compensation for such a case), so it is important that you contact Mr. Quackenbush as soon as possible.
If you’ve been injured during a surgery or other procedure occurring anyplace in the State of Florida, contact Mr. Quackenbush at 954-448-7288 for a free, no obligation consultation. Mr. Quackenbush will gladly talk to you about your case at no charge to you.
Once you’ve actually hired Mr. Quackenbush to represent you in your case, he will work on a contingency basis. This means that this Broward County Surgical Error/Mistake Lawyer won’t charge you until you’ve received compensation in your case – so there is no risk to you.