New Jersey Gastric Bypass Malpractice Attorneys
Legal Action After Gastric Bypass Malpractice
Gastric bypass is a weight loss surgery that can help people who have not been able to meet weight loss goals through diet and exercise. As with any surgery, medical practitioners must be extremely careful during a gastric bypass procedure. If one thing goes wrong, then it can result in severe injuries and complications for the patients.
Simonson Goodman Platzer PC in New Jersey provides legal counsel and representation to patients who have suffered serious injuries and complications due to a failed or unsafe gastric bypass. We have the experience and resources required to take claims against doctors, medical institutions, hospital groups, and other such defendants. Medical malpractice claims are known for their difficulty due to the legal protections medical providers often enjoy, so please let our firm help with yours as soon as possible.
On This Page
- How Gastric Bypass Malpractice Can Happen
- Complications of Gastric Bypass Malpractice
- Liable Parties for Failed Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Possible Recoverable Damages
- Get Legal Support from an Experienced Team
Find out if you have a valid gastric bypass malpractice claim by dialing (800) 817-5029 now.
How Gastric Bypass Malpractice Can Happen
A doctor might recommend gastric bypass to someone who is struggling with symptoms of obesity and has not had success with diet and exercise. For example, genetic factors can make losing weight incredibly difficult, especially if the patient does not have the financial means to undergo a rigorous or personalized dieting program. Before gastric bypass surgery is used, though, the patient’s medical team must thoroughly review all other options and the risks of complications.
Many gastric bypass malpractice cases involve mistakes during the initial diagnosis and prescription phases of treatments. A doctor who does not properly consider possible complications might recommend the surgery and unknowingly put the patient in danger.
A surgeon’s mistakes can also be the source of gastric bypass malpractice. The procedure divides the stomach into two pouches to help regulate appetite and digestion. Misuse of a medical instrument during this complex procedure can result in the patient’s severe injury.
Complications of Gastric Bypass Malpractice
The worst complication of gastric bypass surgery is anastomotic leaking, which is essentially stomach contents leaking into the abdominal cavity. It occurs within about 5% of gastric bypass surgeries, and often within just a few days after the surgery is completed.
Anastomotic leaking symptoms include:
- High, persistent fever
- Rapid heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Vomiting and nausea
- Sharp stomach pain
- Infection at the surgical site
If left untreated, an anastomotic leak can cause internal bleeding and a severe infection that becomes life-threatening. Severe pneumonia may also occur if the digestive fluids reach the lungs. The highly dangerous complications of an anastomotic leak demand that surgeons act carefully during the procedure, and doctors must be mindful when recommending it to a patient.
Liable Parties for Failed Gastric Bypass Surgery
Who is liable for your gastric bypass injuries like an anastomotic leak? The answer will depend on the details of your case and what went wrong before, during, or after the procedure. It is not uncommon for there to be multiple defendants in a gastric bypass surgery malpractice claim or lawsuit.
Liable parties in your gastric bypass malpractice claim could include:
- Doctor who failed to recommend a safer alternative treatment.
- Surgeon who made a mistake during the surgery.
- Medical group that employed or contracted the doctor.
While working as your New Jersey gastric bypass malpractice attorneys, we will research the cause and extent of your injuries to determine which parties are liable. You do not need to worry about these details when we are handling the case on your behalf.
Possible Recoverable Damages
The compensation owed to you through a gastric bypass surgery claim could be significant, but it will depend entirely on the specifics of your case. Typically, a claimant is owed any medical costs they have incurred, wages they were unable to earn due to the injury or disability, and a reasonable amount for the pain and suffering they have endured. Additionally, New Jersey has a punitive damage cap on medical malpractice claims of $350,000 or 500% of the compensatory damages, whichever is greater. We can work diligently to ensure that whatever compensation we pursue in your name is the full and fair amount, regardless of its final total.
Get Legal Support from an Experienced Team
Our New Jersey gastric bypass malpractice lawyers are standing by to help you with your claim. Attorney Paul Simonson has a decorated background as a medical malpractice lawyer with a focus on gastric bypass and weight loss surgery malpractice cases. You can trust his experience and the strength of our entire law firm to build your case and pursue justice, even if your case heads into the courtroom.
Learn more about gastric bypass lawsuits. Call (800) 817-5029 and ask for a free consultation.
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