If you have been the victim of a surgical error, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced surgical error medical malpractice lawyers in RI and MA, who charge no fee unless you receive a settlement or award. Feel free to call us toll free 24/7 or contact us online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
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Why Are There Surgical Error Medical Malpractice Cases?
A surgical error is an avoidable or preventable mistake made during surgery. In some instances, the mistake may occur before or after the surgery. All surgeries involve some element of risk and medical professionals are required to maintain a certain level of care. Unfortunately, patients are sometimes needlessly injured, or even killed, by surgeons who do not perform up to the standard of care that is required of them.
What Could My Surgical Error Medical Malpractice Case Be Worth?
Depending on the extent of the error and injury you could be entitled to compensation for:
- Current and Future Medical Bills;
- Lost Wages;
- Loss of Future Earnings;
- Pain and Suffering;
- Among Others.
The experienced surgical error lawyers that we work with can answer any questions that you may have regarding the value of your potential medical malpractice lawsuit.
Why Do Surgical Errors Happen?
Every surgery that is performed is different in some way. Therefore, every surgical error and any causes of that mistake is also unique to that case. However, there are common surgical error causes:
- Incompetence – In some instances the surgeon performing your surgery may not have performed the procedure very many times or just simply lacks the skill required to perform the surgery effectively.
- Inadequate Preoperative Preparation – It is crucial that a surgeon be incredibly well-prepared for any surgery. This includes many different factors, such as; preparing for any complications that could occur, preparing the nurses and any assistants that will be present, and making sure all the necessary equipment is readily available.
- Inappropriate Procedure – In some cases a surgeons may incorrectly determine that certain steps during a surgery are not needed. Participating in these shortcuts can be very dangerous when it comes to something as sensitive as surgery.
- Lack of and⁄or Poor Communication – Failure to communicate appropriately can cause a number of dangerous errors. For example, a surgeon may mark the wrong area for surgery or have a miscommunication about correct dosage of a patient’s medication. Any one of these mishaps can result in life threatening consequences.
- Exhaustion – This is more common than some people may assume. Surgeons and other medical professionals have a reputation for working long and tiring shifts. This can result in fatigue. Worn-out and drowsy people are more likely to make mistakes in comparison to well-rested and aware people.
- Drugs⁄Alcohol – Unfortunately, some medical professionals may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the everyday stress they face. Even though it may be unsettling to think that a surgeon or other medical professional would work under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it does happen.
- Negligence – This is a common error where medical professionals are just not being as careful as they should be. It can be something as simple as making sure the equipment is properly sterilized to avoid infection.
What Are Some Examples of Surgical Error Medical Malpractice?
- Unnecessarily delayed surgery, causing further complications
- Negligently leaving surgical instruments, sponges, or towels in the patient
- Failing to recognize symptoms, or misdiagnosing
- Failing to advise a patient of all potential risks
- Negligent damage to parts of the body not being operated on
- Inattentive staff or doctors
- Failure to construct a surgical plan
- Reckless decisions under pressure
- Performing surgery on the wrong part of the body
- Performing unnecessary surgeries
- Negligent use of surgical tools
- Negligent sanitary preparation for surgery
- Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
- Failing to follow up with a patient after surgery
- Discharging a patient prematurely
- Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history
How Do I Know If I Have A Surgical Error Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Health care providers have a legal duty to follow a necessary standard of care. In order to form a claim for medical malpractice, you must show that the health care professional provided a level of care in your case that fell below that of the standard level of care necessary. This will prove that the health care provider broke their legal duty to follow the standard of care. You must also prove that this failure to maintain the appropriate standard of care was the cause of your injury.
Why Contact Us?
If you have been a victim of a surgical error you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. It is important that you contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to handle your case. We are working with experienced surgical error medical malpractice lawyers in RI and MA, who charge no fee unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll free 24/7 or contact us online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.