New York City Improper Medical Technique Lawyer
Physicians spend four years in medical school learning proper medical techniques. After that comes residency where doctors hone their skills in practice. A general surgery residency is five years long but can be as much as seven years for certain surgical specialties. These years of training and experience are crucial because the doctor’s medical technique can be a matter of life or death for the patient under the knife.
New York City medical malpractice attorney Michael Gunzburg has 30 years of experience investigating instances of surgical errors and other medical mistakes, holding doctors and hospitals liable for medical negligence and securing significant compensation for his clients through jury verdicts and out-of-court settlements. If you believe you were harmed by a doctor’s improper medical technique in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens, call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. for a no-cost, confidential consultation to share your concerns and find out how we can help.
What Are Examples of Improper Medical Technique Malpractice?
Here are some of the leading ways a doctor’s improper medical technique can result in severe harm to the patient:
Improper surgical technique. Doctors must make their incision in the right spot and at the right depth to begin the operation successfully. Throughout the operation, any improper technique could nick an organ or blood vessel or sever a nerve, causing organ damage, internal bleeding or paralysis. Placing the patient in the proper stress position before surgery is another important technique. When you imagine surgery in your mind, you probably picture the patient lying flat on his or her back on the operating table. There are actually a dozen or more different ways the patient can be positioned for surgery, depending on the operation. Positioning the patient is about more than just access to the surgical site, however. The surgical team has to consider the patient’s breathing, blood circulation, and pressure on the body from the force of surgical instruments and the patient’s own body weight. If the surgery takes too long, the patient can be harmed in areas where the skin touches the operating table or skin upon skin, due to forces such as shear and maceration.
Misdiagnosis. Diagnosis is an art and a science unto itself. Some doctors are master diagnosticians, while others have not mastered this craft. Proceeding from a prompt and accurate diagnosis is essential to providing a safe and effective treatment that makes the patient better and not worse. Doctors should undergo a differential diagnosis for the best result, but some doctors pursue a single theory from the outset to save time or due to lack of training or competence. Patients suffer from missed and delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis more than any other medical error.
Birth injuries. Labor and delivery are critical stages where the health and safety of the mother and fetus are at stake. An improper medical technique during delivery can end in a newborn baby facing a lifetime of physical and intellectual disabilities that could have been avoided. The improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, pulling the baby too forcefully, or delay in ordering or performing a c-section are among the most common birth injuries chalked up to an improper medical technique.
Other examples of patient harm from improper medical technique include an acupuncturist who punctures or perforates an organ or collapses a lung, or a chiropractor whose rapid, forceful twisting of the neck causes an arterial dissection. Injuries like these can cause painful, permanent damage and even prove fatal.
Professional Legal Help for Injury Caused by Improper Medical Technique in New York City
New York City medical malpractice attorney Michael Gunzburg is committed to finding out what wrong in the OR or the doctor’s office to cause an injury. With 30 years of experience handling serious injury cases, he knows how to uncover the facts, determine who as at fault, and hold them accountable while securing significant compensation for his clients who were harmed by a physician’s negligence. If you may have been hurt by the use of an improper medical technique in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn or Queens, call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. at 212-725-8500 for a free consultation.