Massachusetts Surgery Complication Lawyers
While all surgeries involve some risk, a medical team can often exacerbate complications that arise if they fail to take the appropriate action. If you or a loved one have been treated in a Massachusetts medical facility and suffered further injury as a result, seek the help of a skilled malpractice attorney. Sometimes complications cannot be anticipated, but if your healthcare provider failed to respond appropriately to the complication, or caused it in the first place, you have rights. If your doctor is responsible for further injury, pain, discomfort, expense, and lost wages, seek the compensation that you deserve.
The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP have a combined experience of over 100 years holding negligent parties accountable for the pain they cause others. People place a great deal of faith in medical providers, deferring to their expertise, and trusting that their doctors’ actions will work to their overall benefit. Our experience has taught us time and again that doctors make mistakes. To learn how we can help you, call (617) 426-4488 today.
Do I Need a Surgery Complication Attorney?
Even with insurance, medical treatment is expensive. When your surgeon fails to meet a suitable standard of care, you will confront financial obstacles. Surgical complications prolong the recovery period, causing you to miss work and lose wages. Even a speedy recovery after a surgery gone awry may cost some families thousands of dollars in additional treatment and follow-up doctors visits. If you file a claim independently, pressing financial stressors may make taking the first offered settlement seem like a good idea.
The truth is, the first offer that you receive from the at-fault party’s insurance is almost certainly smaller than what you deserve. An attorney will investigate your claim, find all possible sources of compensation, and determine how much you are truly owed. Once your lawyer determines the value of your case, they will negotiate with insurance or even take your claim to court to ensure you get the full amount of money that you are owed.
Additionally, with the help of a lawyer, not only do you stand to achieve a better outcome, your lawyer will help make sure that the process moves along at a healthy pace. While it’s nearly impossible to know how long it will take to reach a settlement or verdict, your lawyer will put pressure on the at-fault party’s insurer and attorney to make sure that no unnecessary delays prevent you from getting the compensation you need.
Why Hire Crowe & Mulvey, LLP to Handle My Case?
The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP have recovered more than half a billion dollars for clients who need it. We know that when you are injured and facing incredible physical and financial stressors, you need support. We are here to help. We have over a century of combined experience working for families who have fallen victim to the reckless actions of others. Named to the Multi-Million Dollar Forum and the Best Lawyers in America, we are ready to get to work fighting for you. Rest assured that the team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP takes your case just as seriously as you do.
Surgery Complication Cases We Handle
While all surgical procedures involve some degree of risk, with the proper attention and care, many surgeons and medical teams can safely manage any issues that arise. Depending on factors including the patient’s age, physical condition, known allergies, and the nature of the surgery being performed, doctors can reasonably anticipate many potential complications. If your surgeon or other healthcare provider failed to take these steps to prevent or respond to complications, you can hold them accountable for negligence. During or following surgery, the following issues can have life-threatening consequences:
- Shock – A patient goes into shock when their blood flow drops dramatically. Typically shock occurs when there is dramatic blood loss or blood pressure is extremely low. To treat shock, a care team will stop any blood loss, keep the patient warm, administer oxygen therapy, perform a blood infusion, or give the patient medication. When a patient is in shock, early detection is critical in providing effective treatment.
- Hemorrhage – When a patient is hemorrhaging, it means they are losing blood rapidly. This rapid blood loss typically occurs at the site of the surgery and can cause the patient to go into shock. In order to treat rapid blood loss, a blood transfusion or saline infusion may be performed.
- Wound Infection – To protect patients from infection, operating rooms are hyper-sterile environments. Unfortunately, bacteria can still be introduced to the surgical site, putting patients at risk of serious complications. At best, an infection will merely delay the healing process; at worst, an infection can spread throughout the body causing life-threatening issues like sepsis. To effectively treat infection, medical teams must address any issues like abscesses and administer antibiotics.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis – When excessive bleeding occurs, blood clotting is an asset. However, blood clots in deep veins, like the brachial vein or femoral vein, can ultimately result in stroke or heart failure if the clot breaks free. Depending on the location of the clot, medication may be administered to dissolve the clot or thin the blood. In other instances, surgery may be required.
- Pulmonary Complication – Surgical procedures put a great deal of strain on the body. As a result, some patients are vulnerable to pulmonary issues. These issues often arise if a patient’s normal breathing patterns have been suppressed for an extended period of time. Pulmonary issues can also occur if the patient aspirates, or inhales food, water, or blood.
- Urinary Retention – Post-surgery, it is common for patients to lack the ability to empty their bladder without assistance. Complications stemming from urinary retention include bladder infection and even kidney failure. To avoid these issues, most patients are fit with a catheter and monitored.
- Anesthesia Allergies – Unfortunately, some patients are allergic to anesthesia. While cases of anesthesia allergies are generally few and far between, reactions can range from lightheadedness, rashes, to anaphylaxis.
If you or a loved one have experienced any of these issues while undergoing surgery in Massachusetts, our lawyers are ready to hear your story. The team at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP have devoted much of our experience toward fighting for medical malpractice victims. When your health is on the line, we are ready to stand up for you and your family.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the aftermath of a serious surgical complication, your family may be confronting a variety of medical and financial obstacles. When you are thinking about hiring a lawyer, we know you have questions. We are ready to address any and all of your concerns. Read over our frequently asked questions and get in touch with us today at (617) 426-4488.
What Constitutes Malpractice?
When a doctor or other medical professional fails to meet the standard of care, an argument for malpractice can usually be made. The standard of care is a legal term used to describe the actions that a competent physician would take in the same circumstances. Malpractice might include any action or inaction that endangers patients. These harmful actions may include, but are not limited to, diagnostic failure, surgical errors, misreading lab results, prescribing harmful medication, unsatisfactory aftercare, disregarding patient history, and failure to recognize symptoms.
When Should I Take Legal Action?
If you believe that you or someone you love have been the victim of malpractice, you should reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. Massachusetts law generally protects victims’ rights to take civil action for up to three years. This three year time limitation is considered the standard deadline. However, the law grants extensions for extenuating circumstances and cases involving minors. Either way, taking action sooner than later will ensure that your attorney has the time needed to build the strongest case possible. Furthermore, the longer you wait to contact a lawyer, the more likely it is that crucial evidence will disappear, making your claim more difficult.
How Much is My Case Worth?
The amount of compensation that can be recovered for each case is different and depends on various factors. Some of these factors include related medical bills, lost wages, lost future earnings, necessary in-home medical accessories, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. While some patients make a full recovery, we know that this is not possible for everyone. When you are injured because of the careless actions of a medical professional in Massachusetts, our lawyers will evaluate exactly how much your case is worth and fight aggressively to recover it.
What is Comparative Negligence?
If a patient is found partially responsible for their injuries, then the amount of compensation that they can recover from the at-fault party may be reduced. Massachusetts follows the modified comparative negligence rule, which means that in order to collect compensation, the doctor must bear more responsibility for the injury than the patient. The hospital’s attorneys or insurance agents may try to claim comparative negligence by arguing that you failed to follow the instructions of your physician. A lawyer will be best equipped for fighting back against these arguments.
Contact a Massachusetts Surgery Complication Attorney Today
Seeking medical treatment to then face further pain, expense, and recovery time takes a significant toll on your wellbeing. The surgical error attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP know that you need someone with the necessary experience, knowledge, and tenacity to fight your case. When you choose us, we are committed to making sure that you receive the support that you need throughout this difficult time. To set up a consultation with a member of our team, call (617) 426-4488 today.