It is one thing when surgery does not have expected positive results because of unexpected complications or because a patient's body does not respond as surgeons anticipated. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome surgery sometimes does not relieve numbness as hoped, but rather, increases dysfunction of a wrist or hand. It may be difficult to show that a doctor was negligent when the outcome of surgery is unsatisfactory for unknown reasons.
It is another thing altogether when clear, undisputed negligence in the form of a blatant surgical error causes harm to a patient. When a surgeon leaves a foreign object in the body or operates on the wrong body part, it is obvious to any reasonable person that the surgeon was negligent and should be held accountable.
Grey areas sometimes arise when medical experts may have different opinions about how an operation went and what was the cause of complications and problems that resulted:
To build strong cases on behalf of our clients who have been injured or lost loved ones due to surgical errors, our medical malpractice attorneys often work together with medical experts whose opinions are widely respected.
Have you been harmed or has a family member suffered injury because of a medical error near one of our law office locations such as Scranton? Surgeon malpractice? Attorney consultations at Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald LLP are free, and representation is handled on a contingency basis. Contact any of our northeastern Pennsylvania offices in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton or Hazleton for a free and confidential consultation. For our clients' convenience, our lawyers also offer home or hospital visits to seriously injured clients.
Richard Russo is the contributing attorney to this content.