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Medical Malpractice

After you fall victim to a medical error, you need to fight for compensation. Otherwise, you could end up paying thousands or millions of dollars in healthcare costs for someone else’s negligence.

We seek justice for New York's malpractice victims

Just like automobile or construction accidents, accidents can also happen when you go to a doctor, hospital or medical clinic. Medical malpractice is the term used when a doctor, nurse, hospital by it’s employees or other medical professional cause you harm during the course of your medical care and treatment.

The medical professional can cause you harm by doing something they should not have done, such as when a surgeon causes injury to body parts that were not supposed to be a part of the surgery. Or, when doctors fail to do something that they should have done which resulted in the failure to timely diagnose and treat a medical condition such as cancer.

At Siegel & Coonerty we handle all types of medical malpractice matters including surgical errors, mistakes, and injuries, gynecological errors and obstetrical misadventures during labor and delivery resulting in brain damage babies, cerebral palsy, and Erb’s palsy for example; failure to timely diagnose and treat all forms of medical conditions where a timely diagnosis may be the key to survival such as cancer cases and other medical conditions that require treatment such as impending or evolving heart attack and cardiac arrest, elevated blood pressure or hypertension, elevated blood sugar known as hyperglycemia, and many other medical malpractice failures and mistakes. 

Our Case Results clearly illustrates our expertise in the court room and our deep knowledge of the medical aspects required to be successful handling a medical malpractice case. 

Successful Settlements and Verdicts

Radiologist Failed to Diagnose Brain Abnormality on CT Scan | $43,000,000.00 Verdict

Radiologist Failed to Diagnose Brain Abnormality on CT Scan | $43,000,000.00 Verdict

Park v. Rizzuti, et. al. Queens Supreme, Index No. 4061/05 Honorable Janice Taylor

Plaintiff claimed defendant radiologist failed to diagnose brain abnormality on CT Scan resulting in rupture of unspotted aneurysm with resultant brain damage.

Offer of settlement: $0
Awarded: $43,000,000.00 Jury VerdictAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney
The GS&C difference: $43,000,000.00

Interventional Anethesiologist Lost Track of Surgical Tool | $9,900,000.00 Settlement

Interventional Anethesiologist Lost Track of Surgical Tool | $9,900,000.00 Settlement

Penny Sposato v. Mt. Sinai Hospital

Anesthesiologist lost track of the presenting aspect of a surgical tool resulting in a brain stem perforation with permanent brain damage and locked in syndrome.

Awarded: $9,900,000.00 Pre-trial SettlementAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

Surgeon Failed to Repair Hole Caused in Bladder During Hysterectomy | $2,000,000.00 Verdict

Surgeon Failed to Repair Hole Caused in Bladder During Hysterectomy | $2,000,000.00 Verdict

The Weiss Case, Supreme Bronx, Index No. 14338/04, Honorable Patricia Williams

Defendant surgeon failed to realize and repair a hole she caused in the bladder of her patient during a hysterectomy procedure. As a result, plaintiff developed a vesicovaginal fistula, which is an abnormal tunnel between the bladder and the vagina. She had two corrective surgeries and was left with permanent complaints of urinary urgency.

Offer of settlement: $0.00
Awarded: $2,000,000.00 Jury VerdictAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney
The GS&C difference: $2,000,000.00

Orthopedist Failed to Diagnose and Treat Cauda Equina Syndrome | $1,550,000.00 Verdict

Orthopedist Failed to Diagnose and Treat Cauda Equina Syndrome | $1,550,000.00 Verdict

Sutherland v. Mauri et. al. Supreme Nassau, Index No. 015125/88, Honorable Roncarlo

Plaintiff presented to orthopedist with various lower back and saddle area complaints after a fall. Doctor failed to diagnose and treat Cauda Equina Syndrome resulting in permanent neurological compromise to urinary and erectile function.

Offer of settlement: $0
Awarded: $1,550,000.00 Jury VerdictAndrew W. Siegel, Trial Attorney

If you have fallen victim to the mistake of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, then you may be owed compensation.

Every year, thousands of medical error victims throughout New York struggle with lifelong disabilities, scarring, chronic conditions, costly rehabilitation, and painful corrective procedures. Fighting for compensation after a medical mistake can help your family cover costs associated with:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Ongoing disabilities and the resultant therapy and care
  • Corrective surgeries
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Loss of consortium
  • Funeral costs

You can help eliminate bad nurses, careless physicians, defective medical devices, and unsafe policies from New York hospitals by sharing your experience of medical malpractice. If victims fail to take action, then dangerous doctors and poorly-functioning hospitals can continue harming patients.

Having the courage to bring your medical mistake to light could save other patients from the same pain and agony.

At Siegel & Coonerty, we work to help people who have been injured due to the carelessness of hospitals, physicians, nurses, or other medical professionals. We have an impressive record of success and extensive trial experience. Because of our familiarity with New York medical malpractice laws, we know how to prove a medical mistake in a court of law.

Siegel & Coonerty accepts a wide variety of New York medical malpractice cases.

The term “medical malpractice” encompasses mistakes that occur during operations, medication errors, and misdiagnoses at a normal check-up with your doctor. Some medical malpractice cases that we regularly take on include :

  • Surgical errors
  • Emergency room mistakes
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy
  • Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, and misdiagnosis
  • Gynecological errors
  • Gallbladder surgery errors
  • Laparoscopy surgical mistakes

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Five Common Medical Mistakes of New York Surgeons

Complications commonly occur during surgery. But when you fall victim to such an occurrence, how do you know if it could have been avoided or why it even happened in the first place? Some surgical complications are unpredictable and unpreventable. However, others stem from negligence, carelessness, poor planning, or distracted medical professionals. When you enter an operating room, you have to trust a surgeon with your life. Unfortunately, for thousands of patients each year in New York, operations end in injury, disability, pain, emotional trauma, and sometimes death.

What are some of the most common medical mistakes made in the operating room?

Anesthesia errors: Being “put under” with anesthesia can be the most dangerous aspect of an operation. The anesthesiologist can fail to take a proper medical history of the patient or neglect to properly inform of food, water, and alcohol restrictions before surgery. During the surgery, the anesthesiologist can administer the wrong amount of anesthetic, neglect to monitor the patient’s vital signs, or use defective medical devices.

Damage resulting from poor surgical technique: If a surgeon uses tools carelessly, the results can be disastrous. A slip of the scalpel, laser, or other surgical instrument can result in punctured organs, perforated membranes, severed nerves, internal bleeding, or infection. In some cases, a negligent surgeon can leave behind tools or debris in the patient, perform the wrong surgery, or even perform the surgery on the wrong part of the body.

Medication errors: According to a recent study, patients undergoing surgery are three times more likely to be harmed by medication error than others in the healthcare system. Before, during, and directly after surgery, many patients need a number of drugs, including sedatives, antibiotics, and blood thinners. Healthcare professionals commonly administer the wrong dosage of medication, the wrong medication, or the medication at the wrong time. These mistakes can lead to overdoses, complications, and even death.

Failure to react to complications properly: When a complication arises, the surgeon should react reasonably thanks to training and experience. However, if a healthcare professional fails to identify the issue, react in a timely manner, or properly combat the problem, then the affected individual can file a medical malpractice case. Surgeons learn how to deal with complications such as hemorrhaging and organ failure in their years of schooling, so you should not accept any failure of reaction.

Unnecessary surgery: Healthcare professionals often pressure patients into undergoing dangerous procedures that prove unnecessary. In fact, a research team recently revealed that up to 20 percent of pacemaker surgeries could have been avoided. Some of these unnecessary surgeries, such as coronary bypasses and hysterectomies, take place after doctors misinterpret symptoms or misread tests. Others take place simply because doctors want to make money. Either way, unnecessary surgery comes with a number of costs, including medical bills, pain, and possible complications.

A successful, complication-free surgery takes a toll on the individual. Compare that experience with a botched surgery and you have an extremely difficult, overwhelming, painful, and emotional ordeal. While doctors often display competence and skill, sometimes things go wrong. If your life has been changed by a medical mistake or surgical error while in a New York operating room, then you need to talk to someone who can help.

The seasoned medical malpractice lawyers of Siegel & Coonerty can help you better understand why your surgery went wrong and whether or not you deserve compensation. Call us today to schedule a free, private meeting.

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