Surgical Malpractice

Surgical Malpractice

Choose An Experienced Massachusetts Surgical Malpractice Lawyer

With the steady development of new procedures and the growth of outpatient surgery centers, the number of individuals undergoing surgeries each year has greatly risen in this country. For many, these procedures improve their quality of life. But all surgeries carry the risk of surgical errors.

Breakstone, White & Gluck is a Boston law firm that handles complex cases of surgical malpractice and medical malpractice. We have an intricate knowledge of surgical procedures and work with an established network of medical professionals who review claims. We have over 85 years combined experience handling medical malpractice cases involving Boston hospitals and medical institutions across Massachusetts.

Surgical malpractice includes the negligent performance of an operation, the failure to recognize complications during surgery or leaving surgical instruments inside the patient. It may also involve negligence during pre-operation and post-operation procedures. Many cases of surgical malpractice fall under the category of wrong-site surgery. This is when a procedure is performed on the wrong patient or the wrong section of a patient’s body.

Surgical errors can be life-changing and fatal. Each year, thousands of people die as a result of surgical negligence. Those who survive may face a lengthy recovery process. This may include corrective surgery, physical and emotional therapy and time away from work.

Surgeries That May Be Involved in Surgical Malpractice

  • Hand, Leg, Arm or Back Surgery
  • Eye Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Gall Bladder Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Bypass Heart Surgery
  • Brain Surgery

Where Can Surgery Malpractice Take Place?

Surgical malpractice can occur in any setting where a physician performs a medical procedure, including in a hospital, doctor’s office, outpatient surgery center, dentist’s office or specialist’s office. Surgical malpractice can happen during major, minor and elective surgeries. The procedure may or may not involve anesthesia.

What if You or a Loved One Are The Victim of Surgical Malpractice?

You may discover surgical malpractice occurred in one of several ways. First, you may be told of an error immediately following the procedure. Or you may experience pain and other symptoms over subsequent days. In some cases, the surgical malpractice may go undetected for a period of time until you experience symptoms or suffer an injury. When time has lapsed, many people do not realize the symptoms may be associated with their surgery.

What if a Loved One Dies as a Result of Surgical Malpractice?

When someone dies as a result of surgical malpractice, there may be a case of wrongful death. Wrongful death cases are always emotional, life-altering and often create financial hardship. Wrongful death that occurs during surgeries is especially traumatic because they are unexpected. Families expect their loved one to emerge from the procedure in better health and instead learn the individual did not survive.

Our Experience

Breakstone, White & Gluck has handled numerous Massachusetts surgical malpractice and medical malpractice cases. Our experience includes:

Anesthesia complications during elective surgical repair of an umbilical hernia cause brain injury
$7,500,000 settlement and $650,000 in past medical expenses

Anesthesiologist negligence resulting in brain injury, vegetative state and wrongful death
$2,040,000 award

Surgeon Leaves the Operating Room and Surgery Results in Permanent Nerve Damage, Injuries
$1,250,000 award

Contact a Massachusetts Surgical Malpractice Lawyer

The law strictly governs who may recover compensation. Claims must be brought through the estate of the deceased relative and are brought by an administrator or an executor. Damages may include loss of future net income, loss of companionship and love, and loss of support. Punitive damages may be awarded in some cases.

It’s important to contact an experienced medical malpractice to preserve your rights for compensation and to conduct a rigorous investigation.