Surgical negligence is a common cause of action for medical malpractice lawsuits. Often occurring during open-heart surgery, negligence can cause permanent paralysis, brain damage and wrongful death in patients who should have fully recovered.
At Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, we understand how truly devastating open-heart surgery malpractice can be for patients and their families. Located in Chicago, we represent people throughout Illinois who were injured during surgery.
There are many important factors in these medical negligence cases:
- Incorrect positioning on the operating table
- Accidental interruption of the blood supply to the brain or spinal cord
- Congenital heart defects that lead to undiagnosed or untreated complications
- Stroke as a result of negligence during surgery
- Accidental introduction of air into the bloodstream
- Heart-lung machine malfunction
Medical Malpractice During Open Heart Surgery: Who Should Be Held Accountable?
When a loved one has been injured or killed by medical malpractice during open-heart surgery, who should be held accountable? It depends on the facts. Treating physicians may be to blame and so may nurses, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, cardiologists and other specialized health care professionals. And when hospital employees commit malpractice, the hospitals should be held accountable as well.
Often, a combination of errors all contributed to the injury. Multiple providers place the blame on each other. Doctors blame nurses. Nurses blame hospitals. The case becomes complex, and it is up to your lawyers to sort out the truth.
At Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP, we are up to the challenge. Our attorneys have a medical background that helps us understand exactly what went wrong. When we take your case, we review all the medical records involved. This thorough start helps us take effective legal action on behalf of medical malpractice victims and their families.