Neurosurgical malpractice is one of the most difficult types of medical malpractice cases to pursue because of the complexity of the surgical procedures performed. Neurosurgeons typically perform surgery on the brain and spinal cord. However, some neurosurgeons also provide surgical treatment for tumors, cancer, nerve damage or compression, brain disorders, traumatic injuries, and neurovascular disorders such as stroke, brain hemorrhages, aneurysms, vascular malformations such as chiari malformations, blood clots affecting the brain or spinal cord, and carotid artery surgery. A neurologist is much different than a neurosurgeon. A neurologist evaluates and medically treats patients with neurological disorders while a neurosurgeon evaluates patients to determine whether surgical intervention would provide benefit.
Because of the complexity of the cases, it is important to have an attorney who has experience in this field. The DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Law Firm has extensive experience handling neurosurgeon malpractice cases. Our firm has settled neurosurgical malpractice cases and have taken cases to trial. One example of our many successes was a $10 million jury verdict in a neurosurgical malpractice case in Onondaga County.
Neurosurgical malpractice is when a neurosurgeon deviates from the generally accepted medical standards of the neurosurgical community. There are a variety of ways that neurosurgeons can commit malpractice. Some common examples of neurosurgical malpractice include:
- Causing injury during surgery
- Failure to protect the patient during surgery
- Failure to appropriately evaluate the patient pre-surgery
- Failure to monitor the patient during surgery
- Failure to provide adequate post operative care
- Failure to adequately inform patients; and
- Performing unnecessary surgery
Because of the complexity of the types of surgery being performed, people can suffer very serious injuries or even death. Damage to the brain, spinal cord, or other structures can cause people to suffer many serious injuries including:
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
- Permanent Disability
- Nerve Damage
- Permanent Physical Limitations
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Loss of Bowel and Bladder Control
- Brain Damage; and
- Spinal Cord Damage
Neurosurgical malpractice cases also often require multiple experts to pursue a case. The DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Law Firm has access to experts outside of the local area to insure that your case receives a fair and objective evaluation. In addition to neurosurgeons, other medical experts sometimes required include radiologists, infectious disease specialists, neuro-radiologists, neurologists and internists. Depending on the severity of the condition, a life care planner or economist may also be required. Life care planners are used to evaluate future healthcare needs and their costs. Economists are used to calculate lost wages, lost benefits, and loss of household services; among other economic losses.
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If you or a loved one was injured due to neurosurgeon malpractice, call the DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Law Firm at 315-479-9000 or contact us online. We have extensive experience handling neurosurgical malpractice cases. Consultations are always free and you will never be responsible for attorney fees unless we are able to recover compensation for you.