Surgical Errors

Proving Liability And Damages In Surgical Negligence Cases

At Breslin & Breslin, our medical malpractice attorneys help people collect damages for injuries caused by errors in surgery. Like other medical negligence cases, surgical malpractice claims require expert testimony to show that an avoidable mistake during the operation reflected both a departure from a recognized standard of care and an important cause of the patient's injury or death.

To find out whether surgical malpractice was an important factor in a bad medical outcome for a member of your family, contact an experienced trial lawyer at our office in Hackensack for a free consultation.

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Our lawyers work with consulting surgeons, anesthesiologists and other medical professionals to investigate whether a particular patient's injury or death was the result of surgical negligence. Some cases, such as those involving foreign objects left in the patient's body cavity or cutting into the wrong organ or limb, are fairly clear, at least in terms of the surgeon's liability.

Other forms of surgical malpractice can be harder to prove and might come down to a battle of experts as to whether the patient's vital signs at a given moment indicated the need for a fast response on the part of a doctor or nurse. Another important issue might involve a dispute as to whether the patient was adequately warned or informed of the risks of a particular surgical procedure, such as a cesarean section, laparoscopy, angioplasty or colonoscopy.

We represent clients who have suffered from surgical errors such as:

  • Errors made during the administration of anesthesia
  • Failure to properly monitor the patient during the procedure
  • Errors made during cosmetic surgery
  • Puncture or perforation of vital organs such as the bowel, ureter, bladder or colon
  • Severed bile ducts during gallbladder surgery
  • Injuries to major blood vessels or perforation of arteries during angioplasty or other cardiology procedures
  • Misread pathology, lab tests or X-rays, leading to such errors as operating on the wrong side of the body or an unnecessary procedure

We obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $6.3 million on behalf of a client who suffered a colon perforation during surgery to remove an ovary.

Our experience with the investigation and proof of surgical malpractice can help you find out about your right to compensation for negligence at any point in the surgical process: informed consent, anesthesia, the operation itself, postoperative recovery and discharge.

For additional information about our approach to client service in Bergen County and northern New Jersey, contact a seasoned medical malpractice attorney at Breslin & Breslin.