When you go in for surgery, you place your life in the hands of those operating on you. You may go into the operating room with the notion that the surgeon performing the procedure will give you their undistracted attention and concentrate fully on your operation. Yet, distractions occur and some medical professional’s thirst for more money may have them dividing their attention amongst a variety of things while performing your procedure.
When patients get ready to undergo a surgical procedure or are seen to receive a medical diagnosis, they rely on the medical professionals to take care of them. Although people may believe that the surgeons, assistants and physicians operating on them will perform to the best of their ability, medical mistakes and errors can and do happen. Medical errors come in third as a leading cause of death, following heart disease and cancer. What causes medical errors and what can be done to minimize their effect on patients?
When you enter an operating room to have a procedure performed, you put your life in the hands of surgeons and other medical professionals. You may be going in to the operating room to have the procedure in hopes of coming out with an improved quality of life. Unfortunately, for many people, that is not always the case. Surgeons and surgical staff are humans and are prone to make mistakes. Yet, when made in the OR, these errors could affect peoples’ lives.
Chances are, either you, your wife or someone else you know in New York delivered a baby via cesarean section, and whether that C-section was medically necessary might be up for debate. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we understand that your chances of having a C-section vary broadly based on certain factors, and one such factor is the hospital in which you give birth.
When you have to undergo a surgical procedure in New York, you fully expect that your surgeon and everyone else on your surgical team will do their jobs in a professional and competent manner. You do not expect that anyone will make an error that injures you or makes you sicker than you were prior to the surgery.
When you are told that your treatment plan is going to include surgery in New York, it may be difficult to wrap your head around at first. Additionally, you want to be sure that you select a surgeon who you trust and who will be able to perform your operation without causing further damage or leaving you at risk of unnecessary injury.
When people first receive word that they need to have surgery, the initial thought may be daunting and unsettling. As they proceed with their treatment plan, people should be in regular communication with their health care provider in New York to receive information about what the surgery will entail, what they should anticipate in terms of recovery and how the surgery will contribute to accomplishing the objective of improving their well-being.
There are countless reasons why surgical errors take place, but in this post, we will take a closer look at incompetence. Unfortunately, incompetent surgeons and medical professionals have caused many people to suffer serious injuries over the years, including fatal injuries, in some instances. Even though a surgeon may appear to be fully competent, they may lack the skills that are required to perform the operation properly. In New York City, and around the country, victims of medical professional negligence should not hesitate to stand up for their legal rights and explore the options that might be available to them.
It is stressful enough for a parent when a child requires surgery without having to wonder whether or not the operating surgeon is competent and qualified. The New York Department of Health charged a pediatric surgeon at a children's hospital last year with incompetence, gross malpractice and other forms of professional misconduct in the cases of five patients who received treatment between 2010 and 2012. The charges resulted in a settlement that allows the surgeon to continue to treat patients while on probation for two years, during which another surgeon must review her records and visit her practice. Because of the settlement, no disciplinary hearing took place in regard to the five cases.
A recent court settlement of medical malpractice action against an orthopedic surgeon in Hopewell Junction, New York, requires the physician to pay a total of $140 million in damages. As a provision of the settlement, he will not admit to any medical wrongdoing.