While coronary artery bypass is one of the most common heart-related surgeries, it can result in serious injuries or even death if it is not completed properly. Coronary artery bypass is a surgery conducted on patients with a build-up of plaque in the arteries. Oftentimes, the build-up of plaque is a result of a poor diet and lack of exercise, which causes high cholesterol. A coronary artery bypass surgery must be conducted to stimulate proper blood and oxygen flow to the heart, otherwise, a patient may suffer a heart attack.
A coronary artery bypass surgery helps restore blood flow to an obstructed artery. Sometimes, coronary artery bypass surgery can give rise to a medical malpractice claim as a result of medical negligence.
Some common coronary artery bypass surgery errors include:
- Improper cutting resulting in excess bleeding;
- Failure to monitor vitals resulting in a stroke, heart attack, or cognitive impairment;
- Failure to administer proper medications resulting in a blood clot;
- Improper sterilization of surgical equipment resulting in an infection;
- Improper training resulting in other medical errors;
- Anesthesia errors resulting in death or coma, among others.
In New Jersey, a cardiothoracic surgeon has a duty to provide adequate and competent care when performing a coronary artery bypass. The failure to administer adequate and competent care in accordance with a reasonably accepted standard of care may result in medical negligence. A patient that suffers injuries during a coronary artery bypass surgery due to medical negligence may have a claim for medical malpractice.
A patient that suffers injuries may recover damages for the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering, among others.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim. The attorneys at the Rinaldo Law Group LLC are skilled New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers who regularly represent clients in medical malpractice actions, helping patients receive compensation for their serious, and sometimes permanent, injuries. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, contact our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at 1-833-746-2536 or fill out our contact form.