Like any doctor, surgeons have a legal duty to perform in accordance with the proper standard of care. This means they must use their training, skills, and knowledge in a way that is consistent with accepted standards of practice in their particular field.
When a surgeon operates on a patient, he or she must handle the procedure in a reasonable, professional way. Surgeons also have an obligation to follow up with patients to ensure the patient does not experience complications following the surgery. Complications are a possibility with any type of surgery. Patients are counseled about their risks prior to any procedure. However, surgeons who cause injury due to incompetence or failure to adhere to the appropriate standard of care should be held accountable for the injuries they cause.
No matter what type of surgery you have, human error is always a risk. Even a relatively simple procedure can result in serious complications if a doctor fails to deliver the appropriate level of care before, during, or after the surgery.
If you have been injured by a doctor’s or surgeon’s mistake, the surgical error lawyers at LawMD can help. Many of our lawyers are also doctors, and we use that medical and legal background to stand up for patients who have been injured due to a doctor’s carelessness or a hospital’s negligence.
Surgical mistakes can occur during any surgical procedure, whether you’re having a triple bypass or a tonsillectomy. They also happen in a variety of settings, from in-office procedures and urgent care centers to emergency rooms and operating suites. Surgical mistakes occur in a range of circumstances; however, there are some situations that tend to happen with more frequency than others.
Some common causes of surgical errors include:
No surgery is entirely risk-free. Even a fairly routine procedure can quickly deteriorate into a life-threatening situation. Surgeons, operating room nurses, and anesthesiologists are trained to handle these cases.
These health professionals are also trained to treat patients with professionalism and skill. Surgery is a demanding field of medicine, and for good reason. Surgeons literally have patients’ lives in their hands. When they make mistakes, people can die.
At LawMD, we handle a wide range of surgical malpractice cases. These cases include:
Surgical errors can be devastating for patients and their families. In some cases, a surgeon’s mistake leads to a cascade of problems that cause a patient to suffer unnecessary interventions, distress, and emotional harm.
For example, a surgeon’s failure to control bleeding can result in a life-threatening condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation, in which small blood clots develop in a patient’s bloodstream, blocking blood vessels. In other cases, a surgeon mismanages a patient’s case, leading to a life-changing result. For example, a surgeon’s failure to control bleeding after a C-section could result in hysterectomy, rendering an otherwise healthy woman unable to have more children.
Surgeons have also left instruments, sponges, and other materials inside a patient’s body, creating months and sometimes even years of health problems.
Anesthesia mistakes can also result in disastrous consequences for patients. Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists are responsible for overseeing the patient’s safety and pain management throughout the surgical procedure. When they administer the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, they can cause serious and fatal health complications, including brain damage, coma, and organ failure.
Patients can also suffer harm due to allergic reactions to anesthesia. When anesthesiologists fail to respond rapidly and effectively, patients can suffer anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal health condition.
You have a narrow window of opportunity for filing a medical malpractice case for a surgical error. The law limits the amount of time in which you have to file a claim. These time limits are known as “statutes of limitation.” If you fail to file on time, your case could be barred forever. Contact our medical malpractice attorneys as soon as you suspect you have been a victim of a surgical mistake. Your health is too important to leave to chance.
If you have been injured by a doctor’s negligence, you need an experienced surgical error law firm in your corner today. Don’t wait to speak to our attorneys. The surgical error lawyers at LawMD are available to talk to you for free.
Our physician-attorneys have helped people just like you get the justice, vindication, and compensation they deserve. If you have experienced a surgical error, you need a powerful advocate on your side. We will listen to you, and we will help you fight for the best result possible in your case.