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Surgeon Makes Mistakes At City Hospital

On behalf of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. Posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, April 26, 2019.

If you have to take your child to the hospital for an emergency, the last thing you expect is that a medical professional will make the situation worse. However, we are learning that a prominent surgeon at a local children’s hospital is on probation for a multitude of shocking charges.

At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are here when you need a medical malpractice attorney. Our qualified and experienced team will work to uncover the truth of what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve.

What Happened Here?

Dr. Kathryn Bass is currently on probation after charges of professional misconduct last year. The state Department of Health says that she “deviated from accepted standards of care or failed to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent pediatric surgeon would have exercised under similar circumstances.”

What did she do?

There have been multiple incidents cited by the health department, including:

  • Using the wrong end of a six-year-old patient’s colon when performing a colostomy
  • A surgical clip being placed across a premature baby’s airway
  • Attempting to perform a surgery on a six-month-old after she already performed the surgery on the SAME patient months earlier and failed to document it

An attorney for the hospital, who was also a nurse, says that “In my nursing and legal practice, I’ve never seen a physician have such a large series of such serious cases.”

Bass denies any wrongdoing in her cases.

There Are Many Problems

We know that research shows medical mistakes to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. Around 250,000 people lose their lives each year due to these errors. These errors often include:

In New York, there are more than 75,000 licensed doctors. As of 2017, 916 of them were on probation for issues other than substance abuse. Probation does not mean that a doctor cannot practice, it just means that their actions will be more closely scrutinized. Even the doctor above, with multiple major mistakes documents, continues to operate on patients.

Medical mistakes are incredibly costly for patients and they can inflict emotion and psychological damage. Survivors are often left wondering if they have any options available to them.

Moving Forward From Here

In the aftermath of a medical mistake that causes you or loved one harm, you may be left wondering if you have options. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we want you to know that you do have options and we are ready to help you secure the compensation you deserve. This can include

  • Compensation for all medical expenses related to the error(s)
  • Coverage of lost income and benefits if you cannot work
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Punitive damages against the healthcare provider/agency responsible

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