New York surgical malpractice results in $1.3m in damages

Fifty-eight year old Bela Sherman brought a New York surgical malpractice case after her orthopedic surgeon attempted a total hip replacement. The surgery was performed by Dr. Geoffrey Westrich in July 2010. The plan was to insert a modern prosthetic hip joint.

According to the lawsuit, the New York surgeon committed surgical malpractice when he incorrectly inserted the prosthesis during surgery. Ms. Sherman required an additional revision surgery 14 months later to correct the error.

Ms. Sherman would have residual difficulties in function and range of motion for the rest of her life as a result of this New York surgical malpractice.

Hip replacement surgery occurs when a surgeon removes a painful hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal or plastic components. In Ms. Sherman’s case, the hip joints were metal components.

Hip replacement surgery goals include increasing mobility, improving the function of the hip joint, and relieving pain.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 332,000 total hip replacements are performed in the United States each year. Ms. Sherman brought her medical malpractice lawsuit because she experienced decreased mobility, decreased function, and increased pain after her first surgery. She did notice a decrease in pain after her revision surgery, however.

New York surgical malpractice cases arising out of surgical errors should be individually evaluated by a trained professional. If you believe you have suffered medical negligence, contact a lawyer to review your case.