Each year, countless New Yorkers rely on their doctors and nurses for surgery to improve their health. Many of them do not expect to become surgical mistake victims. The risk of mistakes being made during surgery is low, but more cases are being reported. According to CBSNews.com, each year, medical mistakes cause 250,000 deaths. The number of patients who live and suffer from their doctors’ mistakes is much higher.
Surgery is a common mode of treatment for many health problems that New Yorkers have. Although they are aware of the risks that are involved, many of them never expect to end up with items left in their bodies from their procedures. Retained surgical items (RSIs) are preventable mistakes and commonly referred to as "never events," states PhysiciansWeekly.com.
It is never easy to submit yourself to surgery. In the end, however, such intervention may be necessary in order to address your health concerns. The expectation that comes with surgery is that you will emerge from it feeling better than ever, and in many cases, that is what happens. Yet several clients have come to us here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP throughout the years having suffering complications from their surgeries in Queens. Often, those problems include surgical site infections. If you find yourself failing to adequately recover from your surgery, it could be due to the same issue.
Most patients seeking medical and surgical treatment in Queens likely place an inherent level of trust in their healthcare providers. The reason for this is not doubt due to the assumption that they have to be qualified in order to practice. However, many people are often shocked to find out that doctors and surgeons who once treated them were later criticized for poor work or even reprimanded. A suspension or revocation of a provider’s license typically accompanies such disciplinary action. Sadly, that often comes too late to help those affected by a negligent doctor’s actions.
Those in Queens who feel as though they have suffered due to the error of a doctor or surgeon may feel justified in pursuing compensation. However, the emotion that they feel may need to be tempered by the knowledge that initiating legal action is a complex process that mandates certain requirements be met. Typically, one can rely on the assistance of an attorney to provide that legal knowledge. Yet if one’s attorney also gets swept up in the emotion surrounding one’s story, who is left to then ensure that one’s case is handled properly?
The words “you need surgery” are likely ones that you hope to never have to hear from your doctor in Kew Gardens. Yet in certain cases, surgical intervention may be your best hope at overcoming whatever condition you may be dealing with. As many of those with whom we here at Futterman, Sirotkin and Seinfeld, LLP will tell you, no surgical procedure is routine, and none is without risks. What risks you may face could depend on the type of procedure you have done, as well as the environment that it is performed in.
When pursuing claims of medical malpractice in Kew Gardens, many are surprised to discover that state laws often put a cap on the amount of damages that one may receive. Typically, such caps are imposed on non-economic damages such as pain and suffering because such things may be difficult to quantify. Some may argue, however, that such caps imply that the emotional trauma one may experience for a minor issue is equal to that one is forced to endure after a major health crisis or complication.
Like most people in Queens who have to undergo surgical treatment, you likely view your ordeal as being over once you come out of surgery. However, we here at Futterman, Sirotkin, and Seinfeld, LLP have a long list of past clients who may tell you that the end of surgery can signal the onset of a whole new range of issues. Post-surgical complications are common in healthcare, with many of them causing problems that could be even greater than the ones that you initially sought treatment for. What is so troubling about these types of medical errors is that many are easily preventable.
Previous posts in this blog have detailed the problem that unnecessary surgeries may present to people in Queens. While surgical treatments are designed to help address ailments and promote recovery, advances made in surgical science in recent years may lead people to view such procedures as being routine. Yet the fact is that anytime someone is subjected to the physical stresses that accompany surgery (e.g., the suppression of consciousness through the use of anesthesia, interrupting normal blood flow, the mechanical manipulation of muscle and interior tissues), risk is involved. In many cases, complications that occur due to those risks can often present greater problems than the condition that one’s surgery was meant to address.
Like most of those in New York City that we here at Futterman, Sirotkin, and Seinfeld PLLP have worked with, you likely trust wholeheartedly in the opinions of the doctors and other clinicians that treat you. They are, after all, paid the proverbial “big bucks” to know what it is that is ailing you and what exactly needs to be done to correct it. In many cases, they may recommend surgery to treat a problem. Again, your confidence in a doctor’s knowledge and expertise will likely have a major influence on your decision to seek such treatment. Yet would ever think to ask yourself if surgery is truly necessary?