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Nashville Surgical Error Lawyers

Did You Suffer Serious Injuries During Surgery?

There is a certain amount of risk involved in any surgical procedure. However, when negligence on the part of surgeons and other operating room staff leads to injury, disability, or death, it is often considered a case of medical malpractice.

At Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, our lawyers are highly-respected litigators with proven experience, resources, and results in surgical error and medical negligence cases. We are committed to helping our clients obtain compensation for their losses and making hospitals safer through legal advocacy.

Speak with an experienced surgical malpractice attorney in Nashville: (615) 933-2893.

Choose a Legal Team You Can Trust

Our firm’s results speak for themselves. We have an exceptional record of success and always go above and beyond for the individuals we represent.

What makes us qualified for your case?

  • Countless national awards
  • Record-setting medical malpractice verdict
  • AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Board-Certified Medical Malpractice Specialists on staff
  • Compassionate counsel that treats you like a person, not a case number

Common Examples of Surgical Errors

Surgical complications happen every year. In fact, research estimates that hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S, with an estimated 440,000 deaths each year due to preventable hospital errors.

Surgical errors can leave patients with severe injuries to the brain and spinal cord, nerve damage, paralysis, and permanent disability. All too often, errors in the operating room result in wrongful death, leaving family members with grief, anger, and financial hardship.

We handle a wide range of surgery error cases, including those involving:

  • Damage to internal organs: While performing surgery, all it can take is a minuscule slip of the scalpel, laser, or scissors to perforate or puncture a nearby organ. Organ tissue is incredibly delicate, but those minor slips can lead to severe and potentially lasting health complications.
  • Nerve damage: Similar to internal organ damage, the slightest slip of a surgeon’s tool can lead to nerve damage. In especially bad cases, this can lead to numbness or loss of movement in the affected areas.
  • Infection: If you’ve ever got a paper cut, you know just how quickly the open area can become infected. Now imagine that the paper cut is several inches long and internal organs are exposed, and you can imagine the dangers of infection in an operating room. Unsanitary surgical instruments can lead to infection, which is especially dangerous for someone with a compromised immune system and can lead to death.
  • Anesthesia errors: Anesthesia is a concoction of chemicals that allows surgeons to perform their jobs without needing to give the patient a stick to bite down on, but when it isn’t administered correctly it can become a dangerous cocktail. Too much anesthesia, and the patient may never wake up, or wake up with brain damage. Not enough, and there’s a risk of the patient waking up mid-surgery.

What are Surgical "Never Events?"

“Never events” are what researchers call surgical mistakes that should never happen, and are usually caused by clerical or communication errors. During a study conducted from 1990-2010, results showed there were nearly 10,000 paid malpractice claims for “never event” cases, totaling $1.3 billion.

  • Foreign objects: As hard as it may be to believe, research shows that surgeons accidentally leave a foreign object — like a sponge, towel, or other medical supply — inside their patients 39 times a week. This can cause anything from pain to infections to death, depending on the location and type of object left inside.
  • Operating on the wrong patient: Research shows that the wrong procedure is performed on a patient 20 times per week. This can be caused by clerical errors, failure to properly identify which patient is on the operating table, and miscommunication between surgeons. This can lead to perfectly healthy organs being removed, along with other problems.
  • Operating on the wrong area of the body: Even when the correct patient ends up on the operating table, things like clerical errors, failure to properly establish which procedure needs to be performed, and miscommunication can lead to the wrong surgery being performed. Research shows this occurs 20 times per week across the U.S. This can lead to issues similar to the ones listed above.

Most medical centers have patient safety procedures to help prevent these kinds of errors, but even with their precautions, mistakes can still happen. New technology, like surgical sponges with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags that can be detected with a scanner, will hopefully limit those mistakes.

Need Counsel? Contact Us Now!

Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge is here to guide you through your medical malpractice claim. Our Nashville surgical error attorneys have a firm grasp on the laws surrounding these matters and can ensure your rights and best interests are safeguarded throughout the process. Our firm truly cares about the clients we represent, bringing in independent investigators and medical experts whenever necessary.

Let us begin working on your case right away—call us now at (615) 933-2893.

Verdicts & Settlements

Unmatched Dedication Has Led to Record-Setting Victories
  • Medical Malpractice - 62 Year Old Woman $22.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Largest Verdict in Weakley County History $15.2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Davidson County $6.5 Million
  • Wrongful Death of 22 Month Old $5 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 24 Year Old College Student $4 Million
  • Wrongful Death - 16 Year Old Boy $3 Million
  • Medical Malpractice 54 Year Old Woman $2.6 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Woman Loses an Organ $2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - 47 Year Old High School Principal $2 Million
  • Medical Malpractice - Middle Tennessee State University Girl's Basketball Coach $2 Million
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Client Testimonials

Helping the Injured Obtain Justice
  • We are very grateful.

    “What Mr. Clayton achieved on account of conquering numerous hurdles was beyond remarkable and we are very grateful.”

    - E.I.
  • They showed compassion and grit in a professional manner like no other law firm.

    “I would like to thank the law firm of Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge for helping me and my family in our time of need. If any of our friends in Clarksville need help in a legal way, this is the firm to call in Nashville.”

    - P.L. & L.W.
  • Love this firm!

    “I was so pleased with all the help and attention to my needs. Very helpful and knowledgeable and I would recommend them to anyone.”

    - Constance
  • A trusted friend, part of the family.

    “Mary and team did an excellent job communicating with our family throughout the entire process. She is very knowledgeable with medical malpractice and I highly recommend her in the event you or a loved one is faced with a situation such as ours.”

    - N.O.
  • Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and responsive!

    “Daniel spent ample time with my husband and I to walk through the process to ensure that we understood what was expected of us. Daniel and his staff were always prompt to respond and answer any questions we had.”

    - D.B.
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Awards & Accolades

Highly Respected in the Legal Community
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Randall Kinnard is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a prestigious invite-only group comprised of the top 100 plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Best Law Firms
    Best Law Firms

    The firm has received the prestigious “Best Law Firms” rating in the practice areas of Medical Malpractice Law, Personal Injury Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard (since 1993), Daniel Clayton (since 2010), Mark Beveridge (since 2011) and Mary Ellen Morris (since 2017) have all been recognized for their legal skill and achievements.

  • Best of the Bar
    Best of the Bar

    Randall L. Kinnard, Daniel L. Clayton and Mark S. Beveridge have been named as 2020 “Best of the Bar” by Nashville Business Journal.

  • 40 Under 40
    40 Under 40

    Our attorneys have been voted by their peers to the "Top 40 under 40" Trial Lawyers list, as awarded by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
    Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    Randall Kinnard and Daniel Clayton have been voted to the list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

  • Super Laywers
    Super Laywers

    Mr. Kinnard, Mr. Clayton, and Mr. Beveridge have been voted to TN Super Lawyers®. This organization recognizes the top 5% of attorneys in their practice area.

  • Best 150 Lawyers
    Best 150 Lawyers

    Our firm’s trial attorneys have been recognized among the state’s leading legal minds, and named by Business TN Magazine to its coveted “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” list.

  • AV Preeminent Rating
    AV Preeminent Rating

    Randall Kinnard, Daniel Clayton, Mark Beveridge, and Mary Ellen Morris have received the highest rating for legal excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.

  • Randall Kinnard - Product Liability
    Randall Kinnard - Product Liability

    Attorney Randall Kinnard was named the 2019 Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Nashville, TN.

  • Mark Beveridge - Medical Malpractice
    Mark Beveridge - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Mark Beveridge has been named a Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" in Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

  • Mark Beveridge - Personal Injury
    Mark Beveridge - Personal Injury

    Attorney Mark Beveridge has been named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in Personal Injury Litigation.

  • Mark Beveridge - Product Liability
    Mark Beveridge - Product Liability

    Attorney Mark Beveridge was named as "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in the area of Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN.

  • Daniel Clayton - Product Liability
    Daniel Clayton - Product Liability

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a 2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice
    Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice
    Daniel Clayton - Medical Malpractice

    Attorney Daniel Clayton was named a "Lawyer of the Year" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in the area of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Nashville, TN

  • Litigation Counsel of America
    Litigation Counsel of America

    Randall L. Kinnard is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invite-only honorary society comprised of less than .5% of all U.S. lawyers.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Randall L. Kinnard is a member of the invitation-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to 500 trial lawyers in the United States.

  • Primerus
    Primerus

    The firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms – a society of top-rated, independent, boutique law firms committed to professional excellence.

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Why Choose Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge?

  • Dedication to Our Clients

    We put personal attention on all of our cases and fight for the best possible outcome. Our clients are more than a number or a case to us.

  • Proven Success

    We have recovered millions in record-setting verdicts for our clients varying from medical malpractice to catastrophic auto accidents.

  • Trusted Experience

    Our team of seasoned attorneys includes certified civil trial and medical malpractice specialists who have tried hundreds of cases.

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