Surgical Errors

When patients are referred to surgeons for minor or major surgeries, they place their lives in the hands of a skilled medical team. Unfortunately, surgical errors occur every day. While doctors, operating room nurses and anesthesiologists are trained to follow specific procedures and uphold a certain standard of care, mistakes still happen. When they do, the patients and their family members are the ones who suffer the devastating consequences.

Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore is a nationwide leader in medical malpractice. Since 1940, we have put our clients' needs first, always fighting for the best possible outcome in every case. Our legal skill and dedication to obtaining justice for injured people has resulted in an unparalleled track record of success. Our clients, including many victims of surgical errors, have benefited from more than 120 million-dollar verdicts and over $1 billion in settlements.

From Initial Diagnosis to Postoperative Care

Mistakes can happen at any point in the surgical process. The following are examples of common surgical errors:

  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Medication errors
  • Surgery on the wrong site
  • Removing the wrong organ
  • Foreign objects left in the body
  • Bowel perforation
  • Nicking an organ or artery, causing internal bleeding
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Failure to monitor vital signs
  • Use of faulty or defective medical devices or surgical implants
  • Infection caused by negligent operative, preoperative or postoperative care

Some of our past successes for victims of surgical errors and their families include:

  • In 2015, Judy Livingston represented a 38-year-old woman who was suffering from diverticulitis, a digestive disease. The woman went to a Brooklyn hospital for a colon resection, and at the conclusion of the surgery, the doctors stapled together parts of the anatomy that should not have been connected. Just before summations before the jury, the case settled for $5.4 million.
  • In 2013, Judy Livingston represented a 35-year-old mother of two young daughters who had gone to a Manhattan hospital to have a cyst removed laparoscopically. During the procedure, the robotically guided scalpel pierced the woman's aorta. A Brooklyn jury returned a verdict of $4 million.
  • In 2006, Tom Moore represented a 37-year-old woman who went into a Manhattan hospital for surgery to relieve water on the brain. During the procedure, doctors improperly set the pressure level on a shunt, causing the woman to suffer brain damage. A jury in New York County awarded the woman $8.5 million.

Medical malpractice lawsuits can arise from all types of surgeries. Our firm is familiar with the full spectrum of surgical error cases. Reach out to us for help if you or a loved one is suffering due to the mistake of a medical professional. We offer a deep understanding not only of the law and how to pursue your complex case, but also of what you are going through at this difficult time. Call us at no cost and in full confidentiality. Email us today.