Surgical Error Lawsuits
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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
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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.
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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
spinal cord, nerve damage,
paralysis, and permanent disability. All too often, errors in the operating room
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 is the wonderful 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 similar issues as 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
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and medical experts whenever necessary.
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