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Inappropriate or Negligent Surgery

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Surgery can be a frightening experience, but if we ever have to go under the surgeon’s knife, we all hope that the surgery will be carried out correctly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and compensation claims arising out of negligently performed surgery are on the increase.

One particular area of surgical treatment in which there has been a rise in the number of compensation claims is the field of general surgery. General surgery, despite its name, is a surgical specialty that focuses on abdominal organs, e.g. intestines including esophagus, stomach, small bowel, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile ducts, and often the thyroid gland (depending on the availability of head and neck surgery specialists). They also deal with diseases involving the skin and hernias. These surgeons deal mainly in the Torso.

General surgery is often performed as an emergency, for example to treat an ischaemic bowel or to repair a damaged bile duct, but more and more patients are seeing that their surgery is performed negligently, leaving them with severe and sadly sometimes fatal consequences, which give rise to claims for compensation.

Unfortunately, claims resulting from negligently performed surgery to other parts of the body are also on the increase. Some examples of this growing problem are the orthopedic surgeon who operates on the wrong knee or who breaks the patient’s femur during a hip replacement operation or the neurosurgeon that negligently performs an operation on the wrong side of the patient’s brain to remove a cyst, leaving the patient with severe brain damage.

If you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim, due to negligent or inappropriate surgery, it is important to consult with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay & Iracki can help you determine whether your claim is worth pursuing. With our firm’s over 30 years of litigation experience, top trial skills, professional reputation and unwavering commitment to our clients best interests, you can be confident in our ability to handle your medical malpractice case.