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Surgical Errors in New Jersey Hospitals

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Tales of surgical mishaps sound like horror stories, but they are in fact the common reality in the medical industry. Researchers led by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine investigated the number of surgical mistakes made in the United States between 1990 and 2010 — referring to these occurrences as “never events” because they should never happen during surgery. The study that was published in the journal Surgery found that at least 80,000 of these “never events” occurred during this 20-year period.

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC has represented injured patients in medical malpractice lawsuits since our founding in 1950. By holding medical professionals accountable, we hope to reduce the frequency of surgical errors until they truly are “never events.”

Common types of surgical mistakes

Your surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses and hospital owe you a duty to act with care to avoid preventable mistakes, such as:

  • Operating on the wrong side of your body or the wrong body site
  • Performing the wrong procedure
  • Excising healthy organs
  • Failing to remove diseased tissue
  • Leaving surgical instruments or other foreign objects inside your body

Failed hospital protocol

Once you succumb to anesthesia, you are entirely in the hands of the medical team that is performing your surgery. The hospital is responsible for implementing and enforcing protocol to protect you from dangers while you are in this vulnerable position. Safeguards include clearly marking the surgical spot, asking the patient repeatedly to confirm the type and site of the surgery, establishing a strict sterilization checklist and requiring review of high-risk patient surgeries.

How our medical malpractice firm can help you

The mistakes made during your surgery can potentially cause chronic pain and disability or require additional surgeries to correct. Our medical malpractice lawyers conduct a full investigation of your case to determine who is responsible for your injuries. We consult with experts in medical care and risk management who advise on the nature of your injuries and the standard of care provided to you. In many cases, we are able to settle your claim for its full value with the malpractice insurance company. If the insurance company refuses to agree to an equitable settlement, we demand your maximum damages at trial.

Schedule a free consultation with a competent lawyer to discuss your surgical error case

Our lawyers have been assisting victims of surgical errors for more than 65 years. To recover compensation for injuries caused by a preventable surgical mistake, 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, making us accessible to you.

  • In 2020, we settled or won, at trial/mediation/arbitration, 112 personal injury cases. Our clients recovered over ten million dollars. Our firm set a record in 2020 by settling 15 cases for $200,000.00 or more. In the last eleven years, we have settled/won over one thousand cases and our clients have recovered over 100 million dollars.
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