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Surgical Errors in New Jersey Hospitals

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC can expertly handle the surgical errors cases of New Jersey residents. Our surgical errors lawyer will expertly pursue your rightful compensation in your surgical errors lawsuit. 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.

The Common Types of Surgical Mistakes

There is a wide range of surgical mistakes that can occur. Your surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, and hospital owe you a duty to act with care to avoid preventable mistakes, including:

  • 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
  • Causing infection because of unsterilized equipment or contamination
  • Administering too much or too little anesthesia
  • Performing surgery on you without adequately screening risks

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 protocols 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 a review of high-risk patient surgeries.

How Our Medical Malpractice Firm Can Help

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. Often, we can 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.

Why Choose Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC?

Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC was established in 1950 by a Harvard lawyer who returned to his hometown to provide his neighbors with the very best legal services. Our experienced New Jersey injury attorneys and dedicated staff continue the tradition of offering our clients the highest level of personal attention and results-oriented legal representation. Each of our attorneys and our staff members grew up in the area. When you partner with us, you can expect a firm that is:

  • Experienced— Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC currently comprises a team of attorneys who possess almost a century and a half of combined experience.
  • Team-Oriented— Our team approach means that each attorney is supported by her or his own paralegal and secretary, so at least three people work on every case.
  • Bilingual — We can serve our Spanish-speaking clients with the assistance of our bilingual Hispanic staff.
  • Award-Winning— Our attorneys have received numerous honors and awards. (See the attorneys’ individual biographies for details).
  • Accessible— Our law firm has offices in Elmwood Park and Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, and Roseland, NJ.
  • Highly-Efficient— We act decisively to resolve your case as soon as possible, so you do not have to wait to recover your compensation.

Contact Our Surgical Errors Attorney Today

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.” 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, contact us today to schedule your one-hour free initial consultation. For your convenience, we have offices in Elmwood Park, Bridgewater, Hackensack, Morristown, and Roseland, with Spanish-speaking translators available by request.

  • In 2022, a year in which New Jersey courts were basically closed for trials, our firm still settled almost 100 cases for in excess of 8 million dollars.
  • Discuss the firm's 2022 settlements.
  • Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
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