Surgical Malpractice Attorneys in Wichita
Injured by a Negligent Surgeon?
Surgeons are some of the most respected doctors in the medical community. The education, training, and skill that it takes to become a surgeon is unequaled. While surgeons may be the best of the best, they are still human – which means they make mistakes. If you are a victim of such a mistake and have suffered serious personal injury as a result, then you deserve compensation.
Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC has more than 75 years of combined experience and has recovered more than $200 million in damages over the years. Our team is prepared to maximize your recovery. We have been named one of the Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report, so you can trust us to be professional, timely, and effective with your malpractice claim. You also don’t pay unless we win!
Call (316) 688-1166 today for a free case evaluation.
Types of Surgical Errors
Patients can experience extreme pain, complications, or wrongful death if the wrong dosage of anesthetic is used. Too little anesthesia could cause the patient to wake up in the middle of a procedure or to experience “anesthesia awareness”, where they are awake during their procedure, but unable to speak or move. If too much anesthetic is used, then the patient could suffer from anesthesia overdose, resulting in severe injury or even death.
Wrong Surgical Procedure
Miscommunication, a mix-up of paperwork, or simple negligence can lead to a surgeon performing the wrong operation on a patient. When this occurs, the patient not only continues to suffer from the condition that was supposed to be treated, but also has to deal with injuries, discomfort, and physical trauma that he or she would otherwise not have experienced.
Wrong Site / Wrong Side Surgery
Sometimes, surgeons perform the correct surgery on the wrong side or in the wrong area of the patient’s body. Perhaps they removed the right kidney when it should have been the left. Maybe they operated on a patient's arm when it should have been their leg. These mistakes are easily prevented, but they still happen and the innocent victims deserve compensation when they do.
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$34,000,000 Personal Injury
Mason v. Texaco, 948 F.2d 1546 (10th Cir. 1991). Otis Mason died of leukemia caused by exposure to benzene, an industrial solvent and gasoline component, for which the jury awarded $34 million.
$23,600,000 Personal Injury
Darcy Aves was severely injured during birth, resulting in severe mental and physical retardation, blindness and seizures from Cerebral Palsy. Darcy’s twin sister, Danna, was born healthy. The jury awarded $23.6 million, the largest jury verdict in Kansas and one of the largest personal injury verdicts in the nation.
$15,000,000 Personal Injury
Graham v. Wyeth Labs, 666 F.Supp. 1483 (D. Kan. 1987). Michelle Graham had a severe neurological reaction to Wyeth Labs’ DPT vaccine and suffered severe brain damage. The jury awarded $15 million. Wyeth thereafter purified the vaccine.
$11,200,000 Personal Injury
O’Gilvie v. International Playtex, 821 F.2d 1438 (10th Cir. 1987). O’Gilvie died from Toxic Shock Syndrome after using Playtex super-absorbent tampons. The jury’s $11.2 million verdict led to the removal from the market of Playtex’s super-absorbent tampons and addition of warnings to packaging.