New York Sleeve Gastrectomy Malpractice Attorneys
What is Sleeve Gastrectomy?
Sleeve gastrectomy, also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a weight loss procedure that involves the surgical removal of approximately 80% of the stomach. This restricts the amount of food the patient can consume and creates hormonal changes in the patient that help prompt weight loss. Sleeve gastrectomy used to be a preliminary step before bypass surgery in very obese patients but now, it is commonly used as a stand-alone weight loss surgery procedure.
Like any surgery, sleeve gastrectomy presents certain risks to patients. While a negative outcome or post-surgery complications are not necessarily indicative of medical negligence, some patients will experience serious injuries as a result of a surgeon’s failure to provide an acceptable standard of care. When this is the case, the patient can file a medical malpractice claim and seek compensation for their damages.
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Any time a surgeon, doctor, or any health care provider fails to treat a patient with the proper, accepted level of care, he or she has acted negligently. However, proving that your injuries or complications (or the death of a loved one) were the result of surgical malpractice can be incredibly difficult.
Some signs that you have received or are receiving substandard care before, during, or after sleeve gastrectomy include:
- Failure to obtain your informed consent
- Failure to properly outline the risks associated with the procedure
- Objects or instruments left behind in the body
- Unintentional cutting or clipping structures during surgery
- Damage to internal organs/structures
- Post-operative infections
- Failure to provide adequate/competent post-op care
- Thiamine deficiency, Wernicke's encephalopathy or Korsakoff syndrome
If you are experiencing complications after sleeve gastrectomy, do not hesitate to go to the emergency room, even if you are unable to get ahold of your doctor or if he or she is not listening to your concerns.
Proving medical negligence is nearly always a complex and nuanced process, often involving the expert testimony of medical professionals and exhaustive investigations conducted by legal professionals. It takes an attorney with extensive experience to achieve a successful outcome in these types of cases.
At Simonson Goodman Platzer PC, one of our partners, Attorney Paul Simonson, is recognized as an authority in sleeve gastrectomy malpractice. Our attorneys have successfully recovered compensation for their clients in 98% of the cases they have handled, totaling over $200 million in settlements and verdicts to date. Our entire team is well-equipped to help you navigate the legal process and seek the fair recovery you are owed.
Our New York sleeve gastrectomy malpractice attorneys have over 100 years of collective experience—we understand the system and we know what it takes to win. Throughout the process, we will work directly with you to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. We understand that this is an extremely challenging and difficult time in your life, which is why we are here to provide you with the personalized and attentive legal services you deserve.
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We invite you to reach out to us today to speak to a member of our legal team about your rights and options. Simonson Goodman Platzer PC can help you seek fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, emotional distress, and other damages. You do not have to go through this alone; contact our firm today to learn how we can help.