surgery malpractice

Every surgery comes with a level of risk. Sometimes the risk is worth it, and sometimes it isn’t. But you deserve legal relief if a bad surgical result was caused by a medical professional’s negligence or misconduct.

At Poulos & Coates, LLP, our experienced surgery malpractice attorneys can give you the best chance of receiving just compensation after suffering medical harm. 

To get started, contact us today.

What Is Surgery Malpractice?

Surgery malpractice is a form of medical malpractice. Under New Mexico law, medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider’s action (or inaction) departs from accepted standards of healthcare and causes a patient harm.

If a healthcare professional responsible for your surgical treatment neglects industry standards while treating you, you may have a right to sue. 

How Common Is Malpractice in Surgery?

A Baylor College of Medicine report notes that more than half of bad surgical results are due to human error. Injuries caused by these errors can present in many different ways, including significant disability, chronic pain, or fatality. 

A bad surgical outcome could be the result of a healtcare provider:

  • Performing surgery on the wrong patient,
  • Performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, 
  • Performing the incorrect surgical procedure, 
  • Leaving objects in the body,
  • Administering the wrong blood products during the surgery, 
  • Improperly administering anesthesia,
  • Failing to promptly respond to medical issues, and 
  • Many other types of mistakes. 

If you identify mistakes your provider may have made that harmed you, you could receive legal relief for your suffering. To speak with a New Mexico medical malpractice lawyer who specializes in surgical errors, contact us today.

What Relief Can I Receive in a Malpractice Lawsuit?

If you win or settle your malpractice lawsuit, you could receive:

  • Reimbursement for past medical care,
  • Compensation for present and future medical needs,
  • Payment for other related financial losses,
  • Compensation for pain and suffering, and 
  • Punitive damages.

Excluding punitive damages and compensation you receive for medical needs, the law limits how much you can recover in a lawsuit. The limit is $600,000 for injuries occurring in 2022 and $750,000 for injuries occuring in 2023.

What Is the Time Limit for Filing a Lawsuit?

Generally, you have three years to file a malpractice lawsuit in New Mexico. But a three-year window is not as much time as you think. Surgical malpractice cases are complex and need the in-depth opinions of medical experts to be successful.

You will likely need significant medical evaluation and legal assessments before you are ready to file. This is why you should speak to a knowledgeable malpractice attorney as soon as possible. 

Consult with Our Experienced Surgery Malpractice Lawyers

At Poulos & Coates, LLP our New Mexico attorneys focus exclusively on medical malpractice claims. Not only do we dedicate our practice to championing the rights of poorly treated patients, but we also bring over 70 years of experience to the table.

We have medical professionals on our staff and in our contacts to properly evaluate your case, and we do not take payment unless you win. If you are ready for help, you can contact us by phone or online today.