Many people suffer from thyroid and parathyroid conditions, including both cancerous and benign (non-cancerous) lesions, some of which require surgery. In general, thyroid and parathyroid surgery is relatively safe and serious complications should occur less than 2% of the time. Complications occur more frequently, however, when the surgeon is not very experienced. Therefore, patients should always make sure their surgeon has received specialized training and performs numerous thyroid and parathyroid surgeries each year. While most surgeons provide uncompromising professional care, some fall short. The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have experience representing people injured on account of surgical errors which occur during thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
Like all surgeries, thyroid and parathyroid surgeries are accompanied by the risk of complication. While some injuries cannot be avoided, others occur simply because the surgeon was negligent (failed to exercise that degree of skill and care generally required of surgeons under similar circumstances). Unfortunately, these medical errors can have serious consequences and may even require permanent tracheostomy (surgical procedure to open a direct airway through an incision in the trachea (the windpipe). Injuries which can occur because of medical negligence during thyroid and parathyroid surgery include:
- damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve(s)
- vocal cord paralysis (bilateral and unilateral)
- hemorrhage (excessive bleeding)
- hypoparathyroidism (damage to the parathyroid glands that control calcium levels in the body)
The lawyers at Burnside Law Firm have experience reviewing these cases and a history of success representing people injured during thyroid and parathyroid surgery. To learn more about filing a medical malpractice claim as a result of an injury sustained during a thyroid or parathyroid surgery, please contact a lawyer at the law firm of Burnside Law Firm for a free consultation.
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