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What Are Chest Diseases?

A chest disease is any sort of medical problem of the thoracic region. Chest diseases include medical disorders and conditions of the lung and heart. They also encompass internal conditions connected to organs, rather than any skeletal or muscular medical conditions.

What Is Cardiothoracic Surgery?

Cardiothoracic surgery is any surgical procedure performed on the organs in the thoracic region, such as the heart or the lungs, and connected structures. This may involve removing a portion of diseased lung tissue or repairing a damaged artery.

Why Would I Need Cardiothoracic Surgery?

Thoracic surgery includes lung, esophageal, and cardiac surgery. A patient may need this surgery because they have a life-threatening medical condition or minor problem such as gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Can Medical Malpractice Happen during Cardiothoracic Surgery?

Yes. Medical malpractice occurs when a surgeon negligently performs an operation. The term negligence refers to a surgeon providing substandard care during the surgery. For instance, making a medical mistake during open-heart surgery.

What Are the Most Common Cardiothoracic Surgical Errors?

The most common cardiothoracic surgery errors include:

  • Perforating an organ, tissue, or nerve during surgery
  • Carelessness
  • Surgeon’s poor judgment
  • Leaving surgical equipment inside the body
  • Failure to adequately manage postoperative medical care

What Do I Have to Prove to Win a Medical Malpractice Claim?

To win a medical malpractice claim for a cardiothoracic surgery gone wrong, a plaintiff must prove four things called elements:

  1. Duty: The surgeon had a duty to provide standard care to the plaintiff. Standard care is not special care, but care given to all patients.
  2. Breach: The surgeon breached their duty to provide standard care by injuring the patient.
  3. Cause: The surgeon was the actual and proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury.
  4. Damages: The surgeon cause the injury which led to the plaintiff’s damages. The damages may include money for lost wages, additional medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Do I Need to Contact a Lawyer about My Botched Surgery?

Yes. Contact a personal injury lawyer about your cardiothoracic surgery injury. Your lawyer will explain your legal rights and file a lawsuit on your behalf. They may also negotiate a fair settlement with the defendant to avoid trial.

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Last Modified: 11-09-2015 02:14 PM PST

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