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Surgical Error

4,000 Surgical Errors happen each year in the US

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Why you should hire an attorney after a surgical error

Placing your trust in a surgeon is a significant decision. You expect the utmost care and expertise during a surgical procedure. However, unintended mistakes can occur, leading to devastating consequences. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll surgical errors can inflict.

What are Surgical Errors?

A surgical error is an unexpected and preventable complication that occurs during surgery or the perioperative period (before, during, or after surgery). These errors are not considered the inherent risks associated with the surgery itself.

Common Types of Surgical Errors:

  • Wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient surgery: This is a serious and fortunately rare error where surgery is performed on the incorrect body part, the wrong procedure is conducted, or the wrong patient is operated on entirely.

  • Anesthesia errors: Mistakes during anesthesia administration can lead to complications ranging from inadequate pain relief to awareness during surgery, respiratory problems, or even death.

  • Operative errors: These errors occur during the surgical procedure itself and can include unintentionally severing nerves or blood vessels, puncturing organs, or leaving surgical instruments or sponges inside the patient.

  • Medication errors: Administering the wrong medication or dosage can have severe consequences.


Causes of Surgical Errors:

Several factors can contribute to surgical errors, including:

  • Miscommunication: Clear communication between surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals is crucial throughout the surgical process. Failures in communication can lead to confusion and mistakes.

  • Fatigue: Surgical teams can be under immense pressure and overworked, which can lead to lapses in judgment.

  • Inadequate staffing: Having enough qualified personnel in the operating room is essential for safe surgery.

  • Lack of proper training or experience: Surgeons who are not adequately trained or experienced in a specific procedure pose a greater risk of complications.

  • Defective medical equipment: Malfunctioning equipment can hinder the surgical process and lead to errors.

Consequences of Surgical Errors:

Surgical errors can have a profound impact on a patient's life. Potential consequences include:

  • Additional surgery: Correcting a surgical error may require additional surgery, which can be physically and emotionally taxing.

  • Increased pain and suffering: The error itself and subsequent corrective surgeries can cause additional pain and discomfort for the patient.

  • Long-term disability: Surgical errors can result in permanent nerve damage, organ dysfunction, or other debilitating conditions.

  • Emotional distress: The experience of a surgical error can cause significant emotional trauma for patients and their families.

  • Financial hardship: Additional surgeries, extended hospital stays, and related medical expenses can create a significant financial burden.


What to Do if You Suspect a Surgical Error:

If you believe you or a loved one may have been the victim of a surgical error, it is crucial to take action:

  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any concerning symptoms following surgery.

  • Obtain a copy of your medical records to document the surgical procedure and any complications that arose.

  • Consult with a medical malpractice attorney: An experienced attorney will be able to review your case, determine if a surgical error occurred, and advise you of your legal options.


How We Can Help:

We are committed to holding negligent healthcare professionals accountable for their actions. We understand the complex legal landscape surrounding medical malpractice and have a proven track record of success in obtaining fair compensation for our clients.

If you have suffered due to a surgical error, we can help you navigate the legal process and pursue the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Disclaimer: This information is for general educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an attorney to discuss your specific situation.

Types of Surgical Error 

Image by Alexander Grey

Foreign Object
Left Inside


Wrong Surgical Site

Image by National Cancer Institute

Wrong Procedure

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