Our Firm Represents Patients Injured by Surgical Errors in New Jersey

Let our lawyer-doctor evaluate holding doctors, nurses and hospitals accountable for medical malpractice in the operating room

In 2012, a research team at Johns Hopkins published a groundbreaking study about surgical errors in the journal Surgery. Researchers found that at least 4,000 surgical errors happen in the United States every year. The phrase “never events” was coined to describe surgical mistakes that should never have occurred but for the carelessness of medical professionals and hospitals.

Since 1976, Seigel Law has helped victims of never events in hospitals throughout Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton. If you or your loved one suffered an injury because of negligence during surgery, our medical malpractice lawyers including our physician can help you recover damages. Communication and personal attention are hallmarks of our firm. We answer your questions about medical malpractice and advise you of your rights to compensation.

Common surgical errors

Once you are placed under anesthesia, you are at the mercy of the surgical team. You must rely on the competence of medical professionals and count on their integrity to inform you of problems that arose during surgery. In some cases, you may not immediately feel the health consequences of a surgery gone wrong, or you may attribute your symptoms to something else.

If you suspect your surgeon made a mistake, we advise you to seek immediate diagnostic testing to determine what happened. Common surgical never events include:

  • Administering an overdose or insufficient dosage of anesthesia
  • Mixing up patients
  • Operating on the wrong body part or performing the wrong procedure
  • Leaving a surgical tool or object inside the patient’s body
  • Failing to assess a surgical candidate for risk factors
  • Providing inadequate follow-up care in the recovery room

Hospital liability for surgery negligence

In addition to your surgeon, you may have a medical malpractice claim against the hospital where your surgery was performed. Our firm may base a lawsuit on the doctrine of respondeat superior, in which an employer can be held responsible for the negligent acts of an employee engaged in an official job task. We may also pursue damages from a hospital that failed to implement crucial safeguards against surgical mistakes — such as a surgical checklist and barcodes on surgery equipment to prevent the items from being left inside the patient’s body.

Recover compensation from a negligent surgical team and hospital

Seigel Law is exclusively devoted to PI and medical malpractice litigation. Call our firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your complimentary initial appointment with our lawyer-doctor at our Ridgewood office. Our attorneys can also visit you in your home or at the hospital if need be. Our contingency arrangement means you do not pay attorney fees unless we recover damages.