New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer David Perecman Weighs in on Teenager Declared Brain Dead After Tonsillectomy

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New York medical malpractice lawyer David Perecman discusses medical malpractice after a 13-year-old California girl who died after suffering problems following a tonsillectomy.

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Hospitals can learn a lot from lawsuits. The cases can help to identify details and reveal incidents of medical error.

A California teenager lost consciousness after a procedure to remove her tonsils at an Oakland hospital went wrong, reported CNN News (12.19.13) Lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, wants to know how this happened.

“We need to understand what happened in order to prevent this from happening again,” said Perecman.

In the United States, tonsillectomy is the third most common surgical procedure performed on children, reported CNN News.

Jahi McMath, 13, only expected to stay overnight when she underwent tonsil surgery to treat her sleep apnea. But after the procedure she began bleeding from her nose and mouth and then went into cardiac arrest. The complications following the operation resulted in the loss of all brain function, according to CNN News. McMath was kept alive on a ventilator. The incident is still under investigation.

Medical errors kill more than 200,000 people every year in the United States, reported CNN News. Lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand that medical errors injure hundreds of thousands more.
Whether or not a family can sue a hospital for the death of a loved one due to a medical error depends on a number of factors. The central factors involve showing or proving that a doctor or another medical professional made a mistake, and that the mistake caused significant injury or death.

Medical malpractice lawsuits involve both law and medicine. This makes them different and more complex than other personal injury cases. The cases require the attention and skill of a lawyer who is an expert in both of these disciplines.

“Hospitals can learn a lot from lawsuits. The cases can help to identify details and reveal incidents of medical error,” said Perecman, a medical malpractice lawyer for over 30 years.
Compensation in malpractice cases can include coverage of medical bills and lost wages, as well as damages for pain and suffering. Damages can also be paid for future losses such as future medical expenses and wages.

Lawyers at The Perecman Firm can provide knowledgeable, aggressive representation for victims of medical malpractice in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

The CNN article cited is “When routine surgeries go wrong.”

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York medical malpractice cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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