When surgery goes wrong, we can make things right
Surgery improves and saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. At the same time, it can also be fraught with peril. Patients lay on the operating table, vulnerable and under the effects of powerful anesthesia. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and operating room personnel can make any number of mistakes before, during and after surgery, which can damage the health and threaten the life of a patient.
When surgery goes wrong because of medical errors, when avoidable surgical and anesthesia errors harm or kill a patient, Berman & Simmons’ medical malpractice attorneys can help make things right. We understand the pain, confusion, and worry that patients and families experience in the aftermath of surgical mistakes and are determined to help them through these challenging times.
With an unmatched 100-year legacy of obtaining compensation for those hurt by the negligence of others, we have the resources that can help you recover and move forward after a surgical or anesthesia error upends your life.
Avoidable mistakes happen in all types of surgery
Serious mistakes can and do occur in every kind of operation. Some of the most common avoidable surgical errors that we see as medical malpractice attorneys include:
- Improper incisions or operating on the wrong body part.
- Leaving a foreign object or piece of medical equipment inside a patient.
- Inflicting nerve or organ damage.
- Failing to monitor and prevent blood clots.
- Failing to prevent surgical site and post-surgical infections.
Avoidable mistakes happen in all types of surgery
The mistakes that doctors can make with anesthesia are numerous, and given the power of these medications, the harm to a patient can be catastrophic. Surgeons and anesthesiologists can hurt patients by:
- Improper placement of breathing tubes and IV lines.
- Administering inappropriate types and doses of anesthesia.
- Failing to prevent adverse anesthesia interactions with other drugs.
- Failing to identify potential drug allergies.
- Failing to maintain sufficient oxygen level during surgery.
Let Maine’s most respected medical malpractice law firm fight to get you the compensation you deserve
For over a century, Berman & Simmons has helped victims of medical malpractice, including those hurt by surgery and anesthesia mistakes, get the answers and compensation they deserve.
Berman & Simmons’ lawyers are widely recognized as the best personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers in Maine. But for us, being the best firm in the state is not enough. With our unique resources and talent, we strive to be among the best in the country.
The resources we bring to medical malpractice cases are unmatched. We have access to the world’s leading and most highly credentialed medical experts whose analysis and testimony are often pivotal in our efforts to obtain full compensation for our clients.
With the deep experience and extensive knowledge needed for successful outcomes in these complicated cases, our lawyers have recovered over $1 billion for our personal injury clients, including several of the largest medical malpractice jury verdicts and settlements in Maine history.
Call us today for your free surgery and anesthesia error consultation
We are proud and humbled that people throughout New England continue to put their trust in Berman & Simmons after they suffer from an avoidable medical error. We work tirelessly every day to earn that trust, holding negligent doctors accountable and getting our clients the compensation that can aid their recoveries from medical errors.
Please contact Berman & Simmons today at (207)784-3576 to arrange for your free consultation. You pay nothing unless we obtain compensation for you by settlement or jury verdict. Our Maine medical malpractice attorneys are ready to help you through this difficult time so you can recover and rebuild your life.
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What do I prepare for the first call or meeting with you?
For your first meeting with us, simply tell us your story and explain in your own words what happened and how your life has been affected. If you’re meeting with us in person, you can bring notes about what happened to you, driver insurance information, names of any witnesses, photos of the accident damages or injuries, medical records, and other related paperwork if you have it and if it’s applicable, but that information isn’t necessary. Really all you need to do is be yourself, speak with us honestly, and be willing to tackle your problems with us.
Initial conversations between potential clients and our staff members are often done over the phone. Rest assured that everything we discuss is confidential and protected under law.
How much will a lawyer cost me?
The lawyers at Berman & Simmons work on a contingency basis. That means you pay nothing up front and nothing unless we settle or win your case. We will consult with you, evaluate your situation, and do initial research free of charge. This is true even if we decide you don’t have a valid claim. We will also cover all necessary case expenses and you will not be obligated to reimburse us until and unless we recover monies on your behalf. if we do take your case and win a settlement or a jury verdict in your favor, a percentage of the compensation goes to pay for our costs and the work done by our legal team.
How will I know if I have a case?
To pursue a case, we will need to prove that you suffered a substantial personal injury and the injury was directly caused by the negligence of another party. A bad result alone is not enough to establish negligence. We let you know upfront if we are able to move forward with the legal process, or if we don’t think you have a case. Generally, we will know if you have a case after our first phone call or meeting.
If we believe you have a valid claim and decide to move forward with litigation, our attorneys and staff will then take it from there and do everything else that needs to be done, including obtaining and reviewing records relevant to your case, such as accident reports and other law enforcement documents, employer records, medical records, and other information.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Every case is different, and there is no way to predict how long it will take for your case to be resolved. Some cases end in a matter of months, while the most complex and challenging cases, such as a medical malpractice case, can span several years. The vast majority of cases, however, are resolved before a trial and usually within a year.
The goal is to make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, no matter how long it takes whether that comes in the form of a pre-trial settlement, or with a jury verdict in your favor.
How much is my case worth?
There are many factors that need to be considered when determining the value of your case. Every case is unique and it takes a team effort — including your attorney, staff researchers, and outside experts — to determine the extent of your damages and how much your case is worth. There are two types of damages for which you could receive
compensation: Economic and non-economic.
If your case goes to trial and a jury agrees you deserve compensation, the jury members will decide how much the money you should receive for each category of damages.