Coronary artery bypass surgeries are among the most common types of coronary surgeries. A mistaken diagnosis or misplaced cut can result in serious injuries or even death to a patient. If you or someone close to you has suffered preventable injuries during or immediately after a coronary artery bypass surgery, you need to reach out to a Syracuse medical malpractice attorney without delay. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we have helped many clients recover the compensation they deserve for their harm.
Coronary artery disease is a condition in which cholesterol and calcium plaque build up inside the coronary arteries and interfere with the oxygenation to the heart muscle. The plaque can harden and can rupture, and this significantly interferes with blood flow in the heart. Coronary artery bypass surgery is performed when an individual has severe blockages in one or more cardiac arteries. According to the Mayo Clinic, coronary bypass surgery is a surgical procedure that diverts the flow of blood around a section of a blocked or partially blocked artery in your heart. By creating a new path to the heart, coronary bypass surgery improves blood flow to your heart muscle.
Not every adverse outcome is a result of medical malpractice. In some cases, unavoidable complications would arise during any surgery. Medical malpractice takes place when a medical professional causes injuries or death by failing to adhere to the standard of care to which a reasonably prudent medical professional would have adhered in the same or a similar situation. In order to recover money damages, it is not enough to show that the medical professional deviated from the acceptable standard of care, but you also must show that the deviation was a substantial cause of your harm. Medical malpractice claims are extremely fact-intensive, and you can rest assured we can closely review all of the relevant medical records and test results in your case.
In the vast majority of cases, New York law requires expert testimony to link a deviation from the standard of care to the plaintiff’s specific injury. Put another way, the law requires an expert (most often in the defendant’s field) to give the opinion that “but for” the defendant’s negligence, the plaintiff’s injury would not have occurred. As mentioned above, the defendant’s negligence does not need to be the only cause of the injury; it just needs to be a substantial cause of the injury.
In every malpractice case, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff to establish the elements of malpractice. If malpractice is established, the plaintiff can recover a variety of damages, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, and any other costs associated with the malpractice.
If you have been injured or someone close to you has died during a coronary bypass artery surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Syracuse surgical malpractice attorneys understand how to move through complex medical malpractice claims and can apply our knowledge to your case. With decades of experience, we are dedicated to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. For more information, call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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