Surgical Errors

Surgical Errors

Despite advancements in medical technology, surgical errorsthe act of mistakenly causing surgery patients preventable pain and trauma - are disturbingly common. Regardless of cause, if you've been a victim of surgical errors you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more about your legal rights and options, please visit this website for a qualified attorney who can answer your questions and help protect your interests.

Surgical Errors Frequency

According to an Institute of Medicine study, between 44,000 to 98,000 patients die annually as a result of otherwise preventable medical errors. It is estimated that about one-third of those deaths are a direct result of surgical errors or complications caused from negligence following surgery.

Types of Surgical Errors

Preventable surgical errors are usually the result of a medical provider's negligence or carelessness. Some of the more common examples of surgical errors include:

  • Wrong-site surgery
  • Incorrect incision: whereby a surgeon performs wrong cut
  • Faulty blood transfusion: incompatible blood types are mixed
  • Post-surgical complications due to surgical errors
  • Anesthesia mistakes : providing patient too little or too much sedative
  • Unsafe use of instruments : use of non-sterilized utensils, damage of nearby organs, medical supplies left inside body

If I've suffered surgical errors, what are my legal rights?

Surgical errors are a breach of the most fundamental oath taken by healthcare workers – “Do no harm.” Because this violates the most sacred of patient rights, the law is very clear in holding healthcare workers and organizations accountable for negligence and medical malpractice. You may be eligible to pursue compensation for surgical errors if you or a loved one's experience meets the following criteria:

  • A professional health worker or organization provided your care.
  • That care was below acceptable standards
  • You suffered damages due to medical malpractice, which may include additional medical expenses to correct or treat the problem, loss of income from being out of work or unable to work, loss of companionship due to fatal errors, emotional suffering, and more.

Protecting your legal rights after surgical error

Pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit can be complicated but is often the only way to be justly compensated for your serious losses and suffering. The best way to protect your rights is with the help of a qualified attorney experienced in representing the victims of surgical error and other errors. An attorney can answer your questions, determine your best course of action, secure the expert testimony you will need to prove negligence, and much more.

All medical malpractice claims are subject to a statute of limitation , which limits the time you have to pursue compensation for your losses. It is important to seek the early advice of a qualified attorney to preserve your legal rights.

How can I contact an attorney? If you or a loved one has been injured because of surgical errors made by a medical professional, please contact an attorney who can protect your legal interests and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

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