Going under the knife can be an unsettling prospect no matter how routine a procedure may be. When you enter the hospital or a surgery center for an operation, you know there are risks involved, however slight. Most patients go into a surgery with complete trust in their doctor. This is your life, after all. You count on the medical professionals in charge of your case to get your through the process safely.
When surgical mistakes happen, they are devastating for patients and their families. Unfortunately, surgical mistakes occur at an alarming rate. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 1 in 10 post-surgical patient deaths happen due to medical mistakes that are entirely preventable. These mistakes cost $1.5 billion annually.
Your life is worth more than a doctor’s error or a hospital’s negligence. You shouldn’t have to struggle with health complications due to a doctor’s surgical mistake. If you have been injured by a surgeon's negligence, you may benefit from contacting a Baltimore surgical error lawyer to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Call us at (888) 695-2963 today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
What Sets Us Apart
You have many options when it comes to choosing a medical malpractice law firm. There are plenty of firms that take these cases. However, most personal injury firms accept just a handful of medical malpractice cases, and some only handle one case every couple of years. To do anything well, you need to do it often. This is where we stand apart from other medical malpractice firms.
Our lawyers are not just lawyers; many of our attorneys are also medical doctors. We know the standard of care and how to recognize serious mistakes that put patients in harm’s way.
Common Surgical Mistakes
Surgical mistakes can happen during any type of procedure.
Some of the common surgical mistakes we see in our practice include:
- Intubation errors
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Failure to monitor during procedure
- Objects left inside the body
- Misplacement of medical device
- Inadequate sterilization
- Wrong-site surgery
- Surgery performed on the wrong patient
- Blood typing mistakes
- Misinterpretation of lab reports and diagnostic tests
- Damage to nerves, blood vessels, muscles, or organs
- Failure to check for drug interactions or drug allergies
Certain surgical errors, such as wrong-site surgeries, seem like they should never occur. In fact, medical professionals and researchers call these cases “never events,” precisely because there is no excuse for them to ever happen. Shockingly, wrong-site surgeries occur approximately 40 times each week across the nation, according to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. According to the study, the biggest indicator of the risk for a wrong-site surgery was lack of information about the patient.
What about Informed Consent?
To successfully bring a surgical error case, a patient must prove that the surgeon’s or physician’s performance fell below the accepted standard of care. Even the most straightforward procedures have risks. This is why patients must sign consent forms before undergoing a surgical procedure. However, complications that occur due to a surgeon’s departure from the standard of care fall outside this consent.
If you believe you have been the victim of a surgical mistake, contact an experienced Baltimore surgical error lawyer to help you fight for the compensation and justice you deserve. Call us today to schedule your free case evaluation. You can also reach us by email or through our online contact form.
Reach us at (888) 695-2963.