Scheduling surgery is no small task for most New Yorkers; with all of the financial planning, and not to mention the mental and physical preparation that is often required before a procedure, facing the day of surgery should be the last overwhelming step.
Every day, doctors in New York perform surgeries on their patients in hopes of providing relief from pain, healing and a better chance at having optimal health. During these procedures, communication is critical to guarantee that no mistakes are made that could ultimately compromise the long-term health, comfort and safety of the patient being operated on. However, there are times when lapses in judgment, blatant ignorance or careless mistakes result in missteps that are costly in terms of professional reputation as well as patient well-being.
If you are preparing for an upcoming surgery, you are probably facing some anxiety in anticipation for what will happen. While you can take the time to carefully prepare both emotionally and physically, it is imperative that you also spend time finding a reliable and professional surgical physician in New York. A surgical doctor who is an effective communicator is important to give you peace of mind and to reduce the risks that you become a victim of a costly surgical error. At Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, we are experienced with the risks that surgical patients face.
Most in Queens, while perhaps not familiar with the exact meaning, at the very least understand the concept of board certification when it comes to physicians. That understanding may prompt most to only consider board-certified doctors when researching their provider options. The assumption is that only board-certified doctors have been approved to practice within a certain medical discipline. Thus, why would one consider seeing a doctor that has not been given that approval? Yet this is where the difference between having an understanding of this idea and knowing what it actually means comes into play.
Continuous research is constantly leading to discoveries that introduce new knowledge into the medical field. It is up to healthcare providers in Queens to stay current with the latest news related to their disciplines. Doing so helps ensure that their patients are not subjected to avoidable medical and surgical errors. Thus, a lack of knowledge about a particular hazard may not suffice as a defense to claims of negligence.
For those in New York City who are the victims of a surgical error, the suffering that they experience may go far beyond the physical impact of the error. They may experience serious complications because of it, requiring them to take extended time away from their careers in order to recover. Then there is the emotional scarring that they may be left to deal with. Not only could the physical limitations that their problems leave them with be debilitating, but it may be next to impossible for them to recover the same level of trust they once had in the healthcare system. Knowing this, it may be clear to see why such victims seek compensation.
For one seeking medical or surgical treatment in Queens, the question of whether or not a doctor is board-certified to perform the services that he or she advertises may never even come up. That is likely because most may simply trust that a provider would never dare to attempt procedures that he or she is not authorized to do. Yet it should be remembered that doctors and surgeons (especially those operating out of clinics) are also essentially small business owners. Thus, if they can offer services that might increase their clientele, one may not put it past them to do it (even without the right credentials).
People in New York City may be shocked to hear of the high jury awards handed out in medical malpractice cases. Perhaps it is due to the inordinate amounts given in such lawsuits that causes so many to dismiss them as simple attempts by dissatisfied people to get rich quick. In reality, the plaintiffs in most medical malpractice lawsuits have suffered greatly due to the apparent negligence of healthcare providers in whom they placed their trust. That suffering is often costly. However, regulations often mean that the may never be able to collect on the total amounts that they are awarded.
For many in Queens, the prospect of having to undergo a scheduled surgery can seem quite daunting given the fact that even with time to prepare, surgeons can still commit errors during a procedure. One can imagine how much the potential for error may go up for procedures that are not scheduled. Information shared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that while emergency surgeries account for roughly half of the general surgery workload in America, they produce between 80-90 percent of all surgery related deaths. It may be assumed that surgeries that allow for little planning and preparation might produce more errors, yet could there be other reasons why emergency surgical procedures so often produce fatal results?
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.