At Nagel Rice, LLP, our personal injury attorneys recognize that proper postsurgical care is critical to recovery and fervently defend patients who have suffered harm because they did not receive it. If you or a loved one has been a victim of negligent postsurgical care, you know how devastating the consequences can be, leading to prolonged suffering, medical complications, and/or life-threatening conditions. If you have endured this type of medical malpractice, the law entitles you to meaningful compensation.
Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to representing New Jersey victims of postsurgical negligence and have spent the last several decades fighting aggressively to ensure that our clients receive the damages they deserve. We have an impressive record of positive outcomes, having won over $1 billion in negotiated settlements and courtroom verdicts. Contact our offices now to have your case evaluated at no cost. Once you become our client, we will charge you no attorney fees until we win your case.
Types of Postsurgical Negligence
Postsurgical negligence takes many forms, each with significant potential for harm:
Lack of follow-up care puts patients at risk since failing to promptly identify and address any postoperative complications allows their condition to worsen.
Failure to provide postoperative instructions leaves patients to their own devices once they leave the hospital and can result in misuse of medication, improper wound care, and inadequate or excessive activity (e.g., premature weight-bearing on an injured limb). Patients can also unwittingly do themselves damage if not warned to avoid sunlight, alcohol, or a regular diet.
Poor pain management supervision can lead to unnecessary suffering that impedes the healing process or overmedication that may lead to addiction.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are common postsurgical complications that must be promptly identified and treated. Negligence in preventing or treating these infections can lead to severe systemic complications, including the need for further surgery or the development of life-threatening sepsis.
Premature discharge of a patient before they are stable or fully recovered from anesthesia can lead to a traumatic relapse, which may prevent them from functioning in their home environment and lead to readmission to the hospital.
The Serious Risks of Postsurgical Negligence
Postsurgical negligence can, and too often does, result in severe, sometimes life-threatening, health issues, such as:
- Improper Healing
- Delays in Recovery that may mean inability to return to work, loss of income, and impaired quality of life
- Nerve damage that may lead to numbness, tingling, pain, or immobility
- Blood clots (DVTs) due to immobilization may be life-threatening if they travel to the lungs or heart
- Poor surgical outcomes that can result in the need for revision surgery
- Negative side effects of medications (excessive bleeding or bruising, extreme fatigue)
- Disfigurement due, for example, to severe, avoidable scarring
- Impaired mobility
- Excessive bleeding, prolonged swelling
- Death of bone tissue (necrosis)
- Permanent Disability or even long-term nursing care
- Wrongful death
The Elements of Medical Malpractice
To establish a valid claim of medical malpractice due to postsurgical negligence, several elements must be proven:
- Duty of Care: the healthcare provider must provide the proper standard care to the patient
- Breach of Duty: the provider failed to adhere to the accepted standard of care in the medical community
- Causation: the provider’s negligence led directly to the harm or injury suffered by the patient
- Damages: there is evidence of quantifiable harm suffered as a result of the healthcare provider’s negligence
Our Sharp Attorneys Will Work Hard To Prove Postsurgical Malpractice
Our legal team is well-prepared to provide you with the following services:
Investigation of Your Case: We will thoroughly investigate hospital procedures and staff practices to help uncover systemic issues or instances of repeated negligence.
Analysis of Your Medical Records: We will meticulously review your medical records to identify discrepancies and deviations from standard care practices.
Collaboration With Experts: We will consult with medical experts who may provide professional insights and substantiate claims of negligence by testifying on your behalf.
Customizing a Legal Strategy: We will develop a legal strategy tailored to your specific situation.
Damages We Will Fight to Win for Victims of Postsurgical Negligence in New Jersey
At Nagel Rice, we fight vigorously to provide our clients with maximum compensation for all of their economic and non-economic losses, including:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs, present and future
- Lost income and diminished earning capacity
- Physical pain and emotional distress
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
We understand the profound impact that postsurgical negligence can have on your health and your life. We are committed to providing the superior legal representation that will bring you the justice and compensation you deserve. We will stand by you every step of the way, from initial consultation to final resolution, to make sure that your rights are protected and your voice is heard. Contact us today.
Nagel Rice LLP helps its clients with their postsurgical negligence and medical malpractice claims throughout New Jersey including Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Sussex County. We also represent clients in New York.