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Laparoscopic Injuries

Errors in Laparoscopic Surgery in New Jersey

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Learning that you require laparoscopic surgery, rather than a more invasive procedure, may at first bring a sigh of relief. Many of these operations are performed on an outpatient basis and result in quicker recovery time, reduced pain and less noticeable scarring. However, you still face substantial risks of serious injury and disability if your surgeons act carelessly. Established in 1950, Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC helps you recover from the negligent doctors and healthcare facility responsible for your injuries.

Understanding the risks of laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat a number of medical conditions. The surgeon makes small incisions to insert a video camera and tiny instruments. The camera transmits images of the surgical site onto a monitor, which the surgeon views to perform the operation. In essence, the camera acts as the surgeon’s eyes.

Because you are not cut open, a successfully performed laparoscopic surgery minimizes the risks of hemorrhaging, infection, nerve damage and scar tissue. The procedure also allows the surgeon to take more precise and intricate actions because the screen enlarges the image of minute organs, nerves and blood vessels. Laparoscopic surgery is often used to perform:

  • Ovarian cyst or fibroid excision
  • Hysterectomy
  • Tissue-sample collection for biopsy
  • Hernia repair
  • Spleen or gallbladder removal
  • Colon and stomach surgery

Common laparoscopic surgery errors

Although less risky than open surgery, laparoscopic procedures present many of the same risks of mistakes as traditional methods — such as an operation on the wrong site or side of the body, infections resulting from using unsterilized equipment, administration of insufficient or excessive anesthesia and inadequate assessment of patient risks. In addition, doctors performing laparoscopic surgery can cause irreparable damage by:

  • Choosing an inappropriate type of trocar
  • Cutting nerves or blood vessels
  • Piercing organs with surgical instruments
  • Using defective surgical tools
  • Implementing inadequate special procedures for very thin or obese patients
  • Conducting an outpatient procedure in a clinic ill-equipped to handle emergency situations

Maximizing your damages award

Our attorneys efficiently pursue the maximum available damages award from your doctor’s and hospital’s malpractice insurance. To minimize the time it takes to recover your rightful compensation, we set your case for trial immediately to compel the defendants and their insurance companies to agree to the amount you deserve and to expedite your litigation if they refuse to cooperate.

Learn more about how our lawyers can help you recover for laparoscopic surgical errors

To recover damages for errors made during your laparoscopic surgery, call Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC at 862-263-0770 or contact us online to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. We have offices in Elmwood Park, Dover, Bernardsville and Newton. You pay no fees until we win your case.

  • In 2021, a year in which New Jersey courts were basically closed for trials, our firm still settled almost 100 cases for in excess of nine million dollars. Furthermore, our average settlement—for the first time in the firm’s 70+ year history—exceeded $100,000.00. In the last ten years, the firm’s clients have recovered over 100 million dollars.
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  • Results may vary depeding on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
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    Newton, New Jersey 07860
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