Massachusetts Cardiac Surgery Lawyers
If a patient is not carefully and constantly monitored during cardiac surgery, and if the surgical technique is not correct, serious injury or death may result. Even a slight error can result in unexpected stroke, brain damage, disability, or even death. The Boston medical malpractice lawyers at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, are trained to identify abnormalities and errors that can result in harm during cardiac surgery and can locate and review documentation of surgical and cardiac care that may not even be part of the patient’s record. Our team includes nurses and nurse-attorneys with years of experience treating cardiac patients, so we have what it takes to represent victims of cardiac surgery errors.
Cardiac surgery covers a wide range of procedures and operations that are intended to repair damage to the heart, prevent any further damage from happening, and increase the patient’s quality of life for years to come. Cardiac surgery includes a number of operations, such as angioplasty, replacing faulty cardiac valves, heart bypass, and complete heart transplants. Because these operations are on one of the most important and essential organs to sustain life, risks and complications—although always possible with any surgery—can be incredibly serious and life-threatening. From bleeding to infection, when a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or other medical professional acts negligently and makes a mistake, the results can be dire.
Complications and side effects from cardiac surgery can be extremely costly not only physically and emotionally, but also financially. From additional surgeries to months of missed work, you need financial compensation to avoid financial distress and ruin. Our Massachusetts cardiac surgery lawyers represent families throughout New England, including New Hampshire and Rhode Island. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or death during cardiac surgery, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses. Contact a Massachusetts medical malpractice attorney at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP for a free consultation about your case.
Why You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
The ramifications of a cardiac surgery complication can ripple across all areas of your life, affecting your health, happiness, and finances. While you recover from your surgery and complications, you shouldn’t also have to worry about how you are going to pay for the stack of medical bills, and you definitely should not have to deal with the stresses of handling a medical malpractice case on your own.
It can be challenging to fight against hospitals and doctors who have teams of lawyers representing them in the event of an accident. The law is complicated and difficult to understand, especially when you have other things to worry about following a malpractice incident. That’s why you need a lawyer with the experience, courage, and the resources to take on hospitals and doctors and recover every dollar you deserve. A qualified personal injury lawyer will likely win you a settlement much larger than what you could win on your own.
Common Cardiac Surgery Risks
While medical negligence can occur during any procedure, there are a few issues that are specific to cardiac surgeries. The heart is one of the most essential organs in the human body, and when it is damaged due to medical negligence, the results can be catastrophic to your quality of life. From minor operations to open-heart surgery or transplants, you may be at risk of developing serious health defects or dying as a result of any of the following:
- Improperly administering anesthesia
- Damage to heart tissue or other organs from improper incisions
- Disrupting proper blood flow, resulting in stroke and other complications
- Releasing plaque into arteries or over-inflating a surgical balloon in angioplasty
- Improper ablation, resulting in burnt tissue and internal damage
- Mistakes inserting or removing peacemakers or stents
- Leaving foreign objects in the body cavity
- Performing an operation on the wrong part of the heart
- Post-surgery negligence
Proving medical malpractice in a cardiac surgery can be extremely complicated and difficult. That’s because it requires proof that the actions or inactions of a surgeon or other medical professional “deviated from the accepted standards established by the surgical community by a substantial amount.” This threshold of proof requires an attorney with experience in medical malpractice lawsuits and connections to experts and resources to make your case as strong as possible.
Errors in Cardiac Surgery
Although going into cardiac surgery is frightening enough, coming out of it and finding out that a surgeon or other medical professional made a preventable error that caused you harm. Unfortunately, this is the case for far too many patients and their families, due to:
- Failing to properly monitor a patient
- Failing to update surgical procedures
- Performing the surgery under the influence
- Performing the surgery despite extreme fatigue or distraction
- Engaging in generally negligent behaviors
All of these actions might lead to an error occurring in a cardiac surgery, which can be extremely damaging for the patient involved. In fact, such an error can easily cause life-threatening heart failure, heart palpitations, stroke, heart attack, or even death.
Why You Should Choose Us
Unlike other law firms that may pass your case on to an individual lawyer with less experience, every single professional on our team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP will handle your case from beginning to end. Along with partners, lawyers, and paralegals, this also includes our team of nurses who have experience in the healthcare industry and these types of medical malpractice cases.
At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, you are more than just another case, and we treat every individual with the care and compassion they deserve as members of the community and as people. With a combined 100 years of experience handling medical malpractice cases, our Massachusetts lawyers meet regularly to discuss every aspect of your case, brainstorm the best strategies moving forward, and come up with new and creative ways to represent you inside or outside of the courtroom to ensure you get every penny you deserve. Call us today at (617) 426-4488 and schedule a free consultation.
Contact Us Today
If you or someone you know suffered because of a cardiac surgery error, the legal team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP may be able to help you figure out what went wrong and get compensation from the responsible parties. Our lawyers are dedicated to investigating every aspect of your case and holding these negligent surgeons responsible. To learn more about your legal rights and options moving forward, contact a Massachusetts medical malpractice surgery attorney at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP today by calling (617) 426-4488 for a free consultation with an experienced member of our medical-legal team.