You may think that a tonsillectomy is a routine procedure with hardly any risks but the reality is that if a surgeon is not careful, the patient can suffer severe injury. If you or someone close to you has suffered harm due to a botched tonsillectomy, you need to reach out to a skilled Syracuse medical malpractice attorney who can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we will thoroughly investigate your situation to determine the viability of your claim.
Your tonsils are part of your immune system. They are located at the back of your throat and come in three types, all of which work to fight infections. Sometimes, however, tonsils become sore, inflamed and infected. If this happens and persists for a while, your doctor may recommend a procedure to remove tonsils known as a tonsillectomy. In other words, a tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. While this procedure is used to treat tonsillitis, it is also used to treat sleep-disordered breathing. It may also be used to treat rare diseases of the tonsils. Individuals under the age of 15 are most likely to undergo this procedure.
Despite the routine nature of the surgery, there is still the possibility for negligence and error on the part of a medical professional. For instance, since tonsils are located by veins, there is a possibility for complications related to bleeding if the surgeon is not extremely careful. Another way a patient could be injured is if the surgeon fails to remove all of the tonsils and tonsil tissue grows back. Of course, there are numerous examples of the types of mistakes that can be made and you can rest assured we will identify any such errors made in your case.
If you believe that a medical mistake caused your injury, you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional causes injury by failing to use the level of care and caution that a reasonably competent medical professional in the same speciality would have used in the same or similar circumstances. The appropriate level of care is commonly referred to as the “standard of care” and it varies in every situation.
To win a medical malpractice case, the plaintiff is typically required to bring in a medical expert who shares the same speciality as the defendant doctor. The expert then speaks to the accepted standard of care for that procedure. The expert essentially needs to establish the standard of care and show how the defendant doctor breached it, directly causing the patient’s harm. In the case of tonsillectomy malpractice, the expert would need to compare the defendant doctor’s conduct with a reasonably competent surgeon performing the same procedure.
If you suspect that your injury was caused due to an error immediately before, during or after a tonsillectomy, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our reputable Syracuse surgical malpractice attorneys will advise you of your options and help you file your lawsuit if applicable. With extensive experience in this area of aw, we understand how to navigate these cases in an efficient and effective manner. Call us today at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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