No matter how minor you might think a surgical procedure is, you should be aware that there is always a risk involved. Whether you are having your tonsils removed, a triple-bypass, or carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, every time you go under the knife, you are open to the risk of surgical malpractice. This is when your surgeon and /or anyone in the surgical team handling your procedure makes mistakes.

Surgical malpractice can involve anything erroneous that happens during surgery. These can include anything from anesthesia accidents and complications, operating on the wrong part of the body, operating on the wrong patient, and infection due to unsanitary practices. Whatever these errors are, if it causes harm to the patient and the act is deemed negligent, then surgical malpractice can be cited.

Why Surgical Errors Happen

By definition, a surgical error is a mistake that is made during surgery. If it is judged that the error could have been avoided, the surgical staff present during the operation could be cited for negligence. There are many reasons why mistakes during surgery happen. Here are some of them:

  • Incompetence – Not all surgeons have the same level of skill, with some more skilled than others when it comes to more complex surgeries. Some surgeons are more adept at specific procedures than others which make them a better choice for such operations.
  • Insufficient Pre-op Planning – Every operation requires planning, with the evaluation of risks, a patient’s complete medical history, and even medication allergies taken into consideration. When a surgeon and his staff don’t plan a procedure carefully, errors can occur which can cause harm to the patient.
  • Communication Lapses – Before, during, and after a procedure, the surgeon needs to communicate clearly to his staff what needs to be done. For instance, if suction is needed while an incision is being made, he needs to state this clearly to whoever is assisting him during the operation. Communication problems may result in lack of the right equipment needed for the procedure, the marking of the wrong part of the body for surgery, and other dangerous mistakes.
  • Fatigue or Intoxication – When a surgeon performs a surgery while he is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or is fatigued, errors are sure to be the result, some of which can be life-threatening.
  • Negligence – Surgical staff who do not exercise the utmost care and who don’t follow the required standard of care expected of professionals in their capacity can be cited for malpractice due to negligence. When a medical professional is purposely neglectful, they won’t practice reasonable care in what they do and this would include things as simple yet important as sterilizing equipment, following proper pre-op and post-op protocols, and other necessary surgical procedures.

 

What to Do When You Are a Victim of Surgical Malpractice

If you or a family member experienced surgical errors that are due to negligence, you might be eligible to claim compensation for surgical malpractice. Surgical mistakes can change a person’s life drastically and can even be life threatening. When you find that your life has changed, and not for the better, because of a mistake your surgeon or his surgical staff made during your operation, you will need all the help you can get.

To find out if you are indeed a victim of surgical negligence and are owed money, you should fill out our questionnaire. Answering the questions in our form will help you get the answers you need to determine if you have a legitimate claim for medical malpractice due to surgical negligence. Just a few minutes of your time can get you the informed answer that you need to move forward with your claim.

Finding out if you are eligible to a compensation claim due to surgical malpractice should be done as soon as possible since claims such as these come with a statute of limitations (SOL). When this SOL runs out, your chance to claim what is rightfully owed you will expire. Find out if you are qualified today before that happens.

 

No matter how minor you might think a surgical procedure is, you should be aware that there is always a risk involved. Whether you are having your tonsils removed, a triple-bypass, or carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, every time you go under the knife, you are open to the risk of surgical malpractice. This is when your surgeon and /or anyone in the surgical team handling your procedure makes mistakes.

Surgical malpractice can involve anything erroneous that happens during surgery. These can include anything from anesthesia accidents and complications, operating on the wrong part of the body, operating on the wrong patient, and infection due to unsanitary practices. Whatever these errors are, if it causes harm to the patient and the act is deemed negligent, then surgical malpractice can be cited.

Why Surgical Errors Happen

By definition, a surgical error is a mistake that is made during surgery. If it is judged that the error could have been avoided, the surgical staff present during the operation could be cited for negligence. There are many reasons why mistakes during surgery happen. Here are some of them:

  • Incompetence – Not all surgeons have the same level of skill, with some more skilled than others when it comes to more complex surgeries. Some surgeons are more adept at specific procedures than others which make them a better choice for such operations.
  • Insufficient Pre-op Planning – Every operation requires planning, with the evaluation of risks, a patient’s complete medical history, and even medication allergies taken into consideration. When a surgeon and his staff don’t plan a procedure carefully, errors can occur which can cause harm to the patient.
  • Communication Lapses – Before, during, and after a procedure, the surgeon needs to communicate clearly to his staff what needs to be done. For instance, if suction is needed while an incision is being made, he needs to state this clearly to whoever is assisting him during the operation. Communication problems may result in lack of the right equipment needed for the procedure, the marking of the wrong part of the body for surgery, and other dangerous mistakes.
  • Fatigue or Intoxication – When a surgeon performs a surgery while he is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or is fatigued, errors are sure to be the result, some of which can be life-threatening.
  • Negligence – Surgical staff who do not exercise the utmost care and who don’t follow the required standard of care expected of professionals in their capacity can be cited for malpractice due to negligence. When a medical professional is purposely neglectful, they won’t practice reasonable care in what they do and this would include things as simple yet important as sterilizing equipment, following proper pre-op and post-op protocols, and other necessary surgical procedures.

 

What to Do When You Are a Victim of Surgical Malpractice

If you or a family member experienced surgical errors that are due to negligence, you might be eligible to claim compensation for surgical malpractice. Surgical mistakes can change a person’s life drastically and can even be life threatening. When you find that your life has changed, and not for the better, because of a mistake your surgeon or his surgical staff made during your operation, you will need all the help you can get.

To find out if you are indeed a victim of surgical negligence and are owed money, you should fill out our questionnaire. Answering the questions in our form will help you get the answers you need to determine if you have a legitimate claim for medical malpractice due to surgical negligence. Just a few minutes of your time can get you the informed answer that you need to move forward with your claim.

Finding out if you are eligible to a compensation claim due to surgical malpractice should be done as soon as possible since claims such as these come with a statute of limitations (SOL). When this SOL runs out, your chance to claim what is rightfully owed you will expire. Find out if you are qualified today before that happens.

 

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