Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States according to the American Heart Association. While this is frightening, it’s even more frightening that some of these deaths could be prevented.
Heart surgery is incredibly risky and complicated. Once a doctor deviates from medical standards of care, this can result in medical malpractice, injury to the patient, and a lawsuit.
Cardiac surgery covers a wide range of procedures, including:
• Heart bypass
• Replacement of a faulty cardiac valve
• Full heart transplant
Cardiac heart procedures save lives every day. However, there are serious risks involved with these complicated procedures. The experienced attorneys at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP explain in this article what types of risks are involved during heart surgery and the possibility of medical malpractice.
Risks of Cardiac Surgery
Since heart surgery is incredibly risk and complicated, there are a number of different risks associated with the procedure. This can include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), damage sustained to heart tissues, or tissues in the lungs, liver and kidneys.
Open heart surgeries often require large incisions, making these procedures often riskier, and in some cases it can lead to tissue damage. Additionally, heart surgery and other cardiac procedures can result in changes in the blood flow to the brain which can increase the risk of stroke. This can cause short term damage or permanent injuries that every patient should be aware of.
Cardiac Medical Malpractice
Cases of cardiac medical malpractice are rare, but do occur. It’s important to understand that each case is unique. Since cardiac surgeries are so complicated, there is always the risk of illness, injury or even death. This does not necessarily mean that ta doctor was negligent or has committed malpractice.
Some medical malpractice cases that are specific to cardiac surgeries are as follows:
• Angioplasty errors: This may include over inflation of the surgical balloon or the release of plaque into the arteries.
• Improper ablation: This technique utilizes radio waves to correct irregular heartbeats. Improper techniques or negligence can result in burnt tissue and internal organ damage.
• Pacemaker insertion: Improper removal or insertion of the pace marker could result in damage to the heart itself.
Cardiac surgeons also run the risk of leaving foreign objects in the body, misdiagnosis, operating on the wrong portion of the heart or body, and making incorrect incisions, which could seriously harm the patient.
Contact a Cardiac Medical Malpractice Attorney in Atlanta
If you believe you or a family member have been seriously injured from cardiac medical malpractice or neglect, contact the medical malpractice experts at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP.
As an experienced, trusted, and respected law firm with over 70 years of combined legal experience, we understand the ins and outs of medical malpractice. We know how to fit your case and get you the financial compensation you deserve.
While our office is located in Atlanta, Georgia, we serve clients throughout the United States. Your first consultation is free. Contact us at (404) 261-0016 or fill out our online form.