In the healthcare field, surgical staples are often used to close an incision from an operation or a wound. Surgical staples connect skin together using a disposable stapler. Once the wound is healed, a special stapler remover will be used to remove the existing staples. However, if the insertion or removal of these staples is not completed properly, a patient may experience severe or even life-threatening injuries. At times, a clinician may make a mistake throughout this process, which may give rise to a claim of action. This may entitle a patient to compensation for the injuries that he or she suffered as a result of the doctor’s negligence.
Commonly, surgical staples are used in place of sutures, especially if internal organs must be held together. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), each year there are almost 9,000 reported incidents involving the use of surgical staples. In addition, less than one percent of these injuries resulted in death. Most surgical staple mishaps and deaths occurred in the following surgeries:
- Cardiothoracic; and
- Circulatory surgeries.
Injuries from surgical staples include the following:
- Separation of suture;
- Improper formation;
- Adhesion of staples to the skin;
- Improper sanitation of staples; or
- Piercing of a nerve, vein, artery, or organ.
These injuries can result in serious long-term consequences. If a clinician fails to properly administer, monitor, or remove staples in an adequate manner, a patient may suffer from chronic pain, bleeding, and infection, among other things. In the event this occurs, it is likely that a clinician has deviated from the acceptable standard of care that a reasonably prudent clinician under similar circumstances would have provided.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of the use of surgical staples, it is important to contact an experienced Long Island medical malpractice lawyer that will evaluate your case and seek maximum compensation from those responsible for your injuries. Seeking the assistance of an experienced Long Island lawyer is vital in protecting your rights. Contact the dedicated, experienced Long Island medical malpractice attorneys at Levine & Slavit, PLLC for the representation you deserve. Call (888) LAW-8088.