While we would all like to believe that the individuals with whom we trust
our health and wellbeing would never make a mistake that could irreparably
harm us, the truth is that they often do. Medical professionals make a
vast range of errors, including medication errors, misdiagnoses, birth
injuries, and surgical errors. Of course, not all complications are preventable,
so it is important to know when it is possible to hold a negligent health
care provider accountable.
Below is a list of some surgical errors that commonly lead to medical malpractice claims:
Wrong-site surgery: This egregious error occurs when a patient’s surgery is performed
on the wrong body part or organ. Wrong-site surgeries are entirely preventable
and, as such, you have a right to pursue a medical malpractice claim if
you or a loved one endure this type of mistake.
Wrong patient surgery or unnecessary surgery: Wrong patient surgeries are not as common as wrong-site surgeries, but
still occur, subjecting patients to surgeries they do not need and subjecting
them to lasting negative consequences.
Infections: If an unsanitary surgical instrument is used during a procedure, it can
ultimately result in cross-contamination of disease and, if a patient
already has a compromised immune system, this could cause infection and
sepsis. If left untreated, these infections could be fatal.
Surgical instruments left behind: One of the most common surgical errors occurs when surgical instruments,
such as sponges, gauze, and other instruments are accidentally left inside
a patient’s body after the incisions have been sutured. This can
cause some serious complications or infections.
Nerve damage: If a surgeon makes a physical error or there is a mistake in administering
anesthesia, this could cause a patient to suffer nerve damage. When medical
professionals are careless and provide care that is below the acceptable
standard, these types of accidents happen.
Surgical errors are not always immediately apparent. More subtle errors
can be difficult to detect, but it is crucial to see the experienced representation
of a medical malpractice attorney as soon as you are aware of the error
to ensure that the statute of limitations does not run out on your case.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Orlando
At The Maher Law Firm, our
medical malpractice attorneys in Orlando have been holding negligent medical professionals
accountable for their negligent actions since 1969 and have a proven track
record of success. If you suffered an injury as a result of a surgical
error, you need to reach out to our legal team today for the experienced
and knowledgeable representation you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Get started on your case today and
contact our law firm at (855) 338-0720 to request your free initial case evaluation
with one of our medical malpractice attorneys.