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Can I Sue a Surgeon For Making a Mistake?

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We trust surgeons with our lives. Generally, though surgery is nerve-wracking, we almost always emerge in better condition than when we went in. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and if you have been harmed by your surgeon, you must read on and speak with our experienced New Jersey surgical error lawyers to learn more about whether you can sue your surgeon and how we can help you recover the compensation you need. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What can go wrong in surgery?

Though we never expect it, surgeons make mistakes, too. Unfortunately, when they do, they are almost always extremely costly. Some of the most frequent types of mistakes and negligence in surgery are as follows:

  • Forgetting surgical instruments in a patient’s body
  • Poorly executed or incorrect site incisions
  • Unintentionally piercing or lacerating an organ
  • Performing an operation on the wrong body part
  • Incorrectly operating on a patient
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Corrective surgery performed too late

What happens when a surgeon makes a mistake?

Surgeon mistakes often lead to serious, potentially life-threatening injuries. Some of the most frequent complications associated with surgical errors are as follows:

  • Coma
  • Nerve damage
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Blood clots
  • Slowed healing
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Post-surgical infections
  • Septic shock
  • Brain trauma
  • Paralysis
  • Mental conditions, such as PTSD

How do I sue a surgeon in New Jersey?

If you are looking to sue a surgeon for making a mistake, you will have to retain the services of an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can prove several things. First, in medical malpractice lawsuits, you will have to provide paperwork that states you were, in fact, the doctor’s patient. Once you do, it is implied that the doctor owed you a duty of care. If you can prove that your doctor diverted from the standard course of treatment, breached that duty of care, injuring you and causing you to suffer significant damages as a result, you will most likely qualify for financial compensation. Our firm can help you through every step of the process.

That being said, there is a statute of limitations in place that states people in New Jersey have two years from the date of their accident to sue a doctor for negligence. Do not wait another day–the sooner our firm can work on your case, the sooner we can help you receive the compensation you deserve and need.

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