Surgical patients can suffer preventable injuries as a result of improper positioning during surgery. When medical staff use inadequate or improper padding in positioning an arm or leg during surgery, the resulting undue pressure can cause serious physical injuries and result in a medical malpractice claim. Improper positioning during surgery can cause permanent nerve damage, brachial injuries, muscular damage and chronic regional pain syndrome.
Courts have found hospitals, doctors and other medical staff responsible for injuries resulting from improper positioning. Each operation has its own unique positioning requirements, and it is the duty of the medical provider to ensure that the patient’s body is properly positioned, supported and protected during surgery. In a recent case in Cleveland, Ohio, the jury awarded a heart surgery patient one million dollars in damages due to permanent numbness in the individual’s right arm and hand that was due to improper positioning.
If you or your loved one has suffered serious physical injuries including permanent nerve damage or chronic regional pain syndrome as a result of improper positioning during surgery, New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP., can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Representing clients throughout New Jersey, our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, New Jersey. To schedule a free confidential consultation, call us today at (732) 777-0100 or contact us online.