Surgical Errors & Complications

Doctors have a duty to perform surgery with the utmost care, yet even minor lapses in the level of judgment, skill or attentiveness they are responsible for can result in serious harm to their patients. Certainly all surgeries, no matter how minor, can carry some risk. However, surgical errors can involve such negligence as performing incorrect or unnecessary procedures, operating on the wrong part of the body or leaving foreign objects inside the patient.

In the area of cardiology, an estimated 23 percent of all lawsuits arise from either improperly performing a treatment or procedure or improperly performing surgery, according to a six-year cardiology review by a physician-owned insurer.

In instances involving surgical errors and complications, BMWK lawyers fully understand the standard of care that surgeons must observe. As your effective legal counsel, we are ready to litigate when that standard is not met because of negligence so that you can secure damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, additional medical expenses and other costs directly related to a surgical error.

To learn more about your options when you or a loved one has been injured by surgical errors and complications, please contact us.


$890,000 Malpractice Settlement
for Infant’s Partial Penile Amputation

While an attending physician and a resident were performing a circumcision of a newborn at a hospital, the resident amputated a portion of the boy’s…

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$2.95 Million Settlement for Complications from Surgical Misdiagnosis and Error

We represented the widow and estate of a 54-year-old husband and father of twin daughters who died from complications from an undiagnosed bowel perforation following…

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$5 Million Settlement for Brain Injury from Gastric Bypass Surgery

We were  lead counsel representing the guardian of a 47-year-old woman who developed extensive bleeding and clotting and digestive tract trauma following gastric bypass surgery….

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$2.5 Million Settlement for Sepsis Resulting from Surgical Error

We represented a 28-year-old woman who was advised by her colorectal surgeon to undergo total removal of her colon to relieve chronic constipation issues. Upon…

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$2 Million Settlement for Brain Damage and Quadriplegia Due to Medical Negligence

We represented the daughter of an 89-year-old woman who was suffering from multiple medical problems (including diabetes, renal failure, congestive heart failure, sickle cell disease…

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$1.65 Million Settlement for Negligence During Surgery

On behalf of the widow and estate (including three adult children) of a deceased 65-year-old man, we secured a $1.65 million settlement for negligence by…

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$3.4 Million for Surgical Error and Subsequent Flesh-eating Bacteria Infection

Our client was diagnosed with gallbladder disease and went for surgery at Norwegian American Hospital for gallbladder removal. After complications from the surgery, the patient…

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$9.3 Million Settlement for Surgical Error and Misdiagnosis

Our client was admitted to the hospital with end stage renal failure due to years of uncontrolled hypertension and was diagnosed with TTP (thrombotic thrombocytopenic…

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$6 Million Settlement for Negligence Following Kidney Transplant

Our client was a 39-year-old diabetic who had been born with one kidney. He sought to get another kidney to avoid the need for dialysis. He…

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$2.5 Million Settlement for Surgical Error on Infant

In 1979, an infant boy underwent elective surgery to repair coarctation of the aorta. Prior to the procedure, his blood cell count was elevated and…

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