A tracheotomy is an emergency surgical procedure in which a surgeon opens up the windpipe, or trachea, in order to help a patient breathe. A tracheotomy is performed only in those critical situations when a patient is unable to get enough air into the lungs or cannot breathe without help.
The Chicago tracheotomy malpractice law firm of Cogan & Power, P.C. has considerable experience helping the victims of medical malpractice who were injured as a result of negligent, inadequate, or unnecessary medical treatment.
A tracheotomy may be required for several reasons – including a blocked windpipe, a swollen windpipe, severe injury to the neck or mouth, paralysis of the throat muscles, or a tumor – but a tracheotomy should only be used in severe situations, when medically necessary, because of the risks associated with tracheotomies.
Immediate risks include severe bleeding and damage to the voice box or esophagus. Long-term risks include windpipe damage, bacterial infections, and the inability of the tracheotomy opening to close. In some severe cases, a patient can die as a result of an unnecessary tracheotomy. Children, smokers, alcoholics, obese adults, the elderly, persons with chronic respiratory infections, and persons taking certain medications are at a higher risk of tracheotomy complications.
In some cases, a tracheotomy may be performed unnecessarily. An unnecessary tracheotomy – or other unnecessary medical procedure – may occur for a number of reasons, including surgical malpractice, diagnostic malpractice, or a scheme to commit Medicare/Medicaid fraud. A doctor may misdiagnose the patient’s medical condition or diagnose the condition as more severe than it is, and perform an unnecessary tracheotomy as a result. In other cases, a doctor or hospital may perform unnecessary tracheotomies or other medical procedures in order to obtain illegal kickbacks or bill the Medicare or Medicaid system for unnecessary medical procedures.
Not only do unnecessary medical procedures such as tracheotomies cost patients, insurance companies, and the government billions of dollars each year, they can also result in exacerbated medical conditions and even death. When this happens, doctors and hospitals may be held liable in a medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuit.
The Chicago tracheotomy malpractice attorneys at Cogan & Power focus on representing the victims of medical malpractice who have been injured or died as a result of inadequate medical treatment, negligent medical care, or an unnecessary medical procedure such as a tracheotomy. Because we focus on medical malpractice cases, we are able to assess medical information in conjunction with the applicable legal standards efficiently and effectively. Moreover, we apply a collaborative, team approach to our legal representation so we are able to draw on the wide breadth and depth of legal and medical backgrounds of our attorneys, including a former surgical nurse who brings her extensive legal knowledge and compassionate bedside manner to every case.
Our attorneys have dedicated their legal practice to helping the victims of medical malpractice recover for their losses and injuries, and we are committed to making the medical field safer for patients. Our considerable experience handling Chicago unnecessary tracheotomy cases and other unnecessary medical procedures allows us to provide our clients with high-quality legal counsel.
Contact our office today at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our compassionate and skilled Chicago tracheotomy malpractice lawyers. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.