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Surgical Malpractice

Not every poor surgical outcome is the result of medical malpractice. In fact, every surgery carries some degree of risk, even when the surgeon and all members of the operating team perform to the best of their abilities. Unfortunately, thousands of surgical patients are harmed each year by mistakes that could have been prevented or corrected with competent medical care in the O.R. In these cases, the medical providers involved can and should be held fully accountable for the injuries and losses they have caused.

At the AV Preeminent* litigation firm of Wocl Leydon, we provide skilled representation on behalf of victims of medical and surgical negligence throughout Connecticut. If someone you love has been injured as a result of a surgical error, we can help you understand your rights and legal options. Contact our offices in Stamford or Bridgeport today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced trial attorneys.

Stamford Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Connecticut law requires that before a medical malpractice lawsuit is filed, the plaintiff's claims must have merit in the opinion from a similar health care provider. In a surgical malpractice case, the key issues are usually whether the surgeon, anesthesiologist or any other member of the operating team departed from the recognized standard of care, and whether that departure played a causal role in the patient's injury or death.

At Wocl Leydon, our experience working with qualified surgeons and other specialists allows us to make a thorough and accurate evaluation of a client's malpractice claims before the litigation commences. If we find that expert medical opinion supports your right to malpractice damages, our experience with the presentation and proof of complex claims can represent an important advantage for promoting the value of your case.

Our surgical malpractice lawyers have recovered verdicts and settlements of at least $1 million in numerous cases involving errors in anesthesia, complicated childbirth, gastrointestinal surgery, surgical biopsy and other procedures.

Common Surgical Mistakes

Surgical errors can occur in many forms. Some of the more common and serious mistakes associated with surgery include:

  • Failing to warn of known risks of the procedure or discuss alternative treatment options
  • Failing to protect against known risks, whether or not disclosed
  • Performing an operation on the wrong part of a patient's body
  • Leaving a foreign object such as a surgical sponge inside a patient's body
  • Administering the wrong type or dosage of anesthesia
  • Neglecting to monitor vital signs such as heart rate or blood pressure during and after the operation
  • Causing and failing to detect damage done to other internal organs during the course of an open, diagnostic or laparoscopic surgery
  • Causing infections through the use of unsterile surgical instruments or practices
  • Failing to provide proper postoperative care
  • Failing to timely diagnose post surgical complications

Skilled Representation Inside and Outside of the Courtroom

Although these and other medical malpractice claims can be effectively resolved through skilled negotiation and settlement, many cases are vigorously contested by doctors, hospitals and insurance companies. Although many issues can be raised in a medical negligence action, the most frequent defense often focuses on issues of causation (relating the error to the harm) and damages (identifying the fair amount of compensation).

We are not afraid to take these disputes to trial nor will we ever recommend settlement for an amount less than the full damages we can prove. In fact, we believe that a trial provides us with an excellent opportunity to fully convey the consequences of a serious injury for the patient and the patient's family.

Find out more about our experience with the proof of claims and recovery of compensation in cases of surgical malpractice. Contact Wocl Leydon in Stamford or Bridgeport for a free consultation.

We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.

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