New York City Incorrect Incision Lawyer
When a surgeon makes the wrong incision, the patient can suffer in many different ways. An extra incision increases the risk of post-operative infection. The incision will have to be closed before making the correct incision, increasing the time the patient spends under anesthesia, putting the patient at risk of complications ranging from heart attack to pneumonia. The incision itself might also cause severe harm, including nerve or organ damage.
Depending on the error, you as the patient might not know the incorrect incision happened, and when complications develop, you might not understand that a medical mistake is the root cause. That’s why it’s important to take your concerns to an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can investigate the facts and find out what went wrong and why it happened. In New York City, attorney Michael Gunzburg practices extensively in the area of medical negligence, holding New York doctors and hospitals accountable for their mistakes and making sure his clients get the care and compensation they need after an injury in the OR.
If you believe an incorrect incision was made during your surgery that caused additional harm or complications, call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. for a free consultation.
Why Do Incorrect Incisions Occur?
There are many different reasons a surgeon might make the wrong incision, including:
- Lack of pre-operative planning results in the wrong area being marked or no indication of the surgical site being made at all
- The surgeon becomes distracted and makes a slip
- The surgeon is overworked and fatigued
- Impairment due to alcohol or drug use
- Lack of training or experience
- The surgeon or the OR is overbooked, and the procedure is rushed through by the team
What Errors Can Result From an Incorrect Incision?
Wrong-site surgery – The incision is made on the wrong side of the body, for the wrong procedure or on the wrong patient.
The surgeon could nick, cut or sever a nerve, causing loss of sensation, pain, or partial or complete paralysis of a body part.
The surgeon could nick a blood vessel, causing internal bleeding that later turns into a medical emergency while the patient is under post-operative care.
The surgeon could nick an organ, causing internal bleeding and organ damage.
The incision could be made at the wrong depth or too far from the surgery site, requiring an additional incision. The consequences of this mistake include additional scarring, risks of infection, a delay in performing the surgery, or spending additional risky time under general anesthesia.
Incision Mistakes Might Require a Medical Malpractice Attorney to Discover
If you wake up from surgery with stitches where they shouldn’t be or soreness in a different part of the body away from the surgery site, you might be fairly certain the doctor made the wrong incision or committed some other surgical error. Otherwise, you might not know an error was made in the operating room, even if you later develop complications such as abdominal pain or paralysis. You could soon find yourself back in the operating room to fix the original error, without ever being told the doctor made a mistake during the operation. It could take the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney and a medical expert to determine what went wrong to cause your additional injury or complications.
At Michael Gunzburg, P.C., we offer a free initial consultation to hear about your situation and advise you whether we think a medical error may be at issue. If we take your case, we’ll advance all costs of investigating and litigating your claim, and we only charge a fee once we are successful in recovering compensation on your behalf. You could be entitled to money damages for the additional medical bills and expenses an incorrect incision has caused you, as well as your mental pain and suffering and emotional distress from receiving this injury at the hands of the surgeon.
Incorrect Incision Malpractice Attorney Serving New York City
If you believe an incorrect incision was made during your surgery that created medical complications or additional harm to you, call Michael Gunzburg, P.C. in New York City at 212-725-8500. We help clients throughout Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens and have a long record of success across more than 30 years in practice.