What is a surgical error?
Surgery always presents risks for the patient, no matter how minor the procedure. Most of the time, patients can go through preparation, surgery, and recovery without any serious issue. There are many times, however, when a surgical error will cause lasting harm to a patient.
When does this happen?
Miscommunication in the hospital and within doctors in the operating room result in dire consequences. This may take the form of a procedure performed on the wrong part of the body, like the amputation of the wrong limb or the removal of a different organ. Similarly, but not as common, surgical procedures could be performed on the wrong patient. The risks of the unnecessary surgery can have results that negatively impact the life of the patient.
During the operation, there are several ways when a doctor may cause damage to the patient. Many of these variables are dependent on the exact surgical procedure. Nerve damage can be caused by incorrect administration of anesthesia or by a doctor’s physical error. Other internal organs can be damaged if the surgeon accidentally cuts or punctures them.
Infections are one of the most common claims in medical malpractice lawsuits. The doctors and surgeons in the operating room should be cleaning their instruments to avoid cross-contamination. If a patient has been operated on with infected instruments, they are being exposed to possible diseases. Surgeons can occasionally leave their instruments in the patient’s body, which pose serious risks for infection or other conditions.
Surgical error claims require the standard characteristics of a medical malpractice case. To sue the hospital responsible for an injury, you must complete these steps.
What should I do if I am a victim of a surgical error?
If you are looking to pursue a medical malpractice case, contact Rob Levine & Associates for a free case evaluation.