Surgical Errors Caused by Medical Negligence

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There is inherent risk in any surgery, and the more difficult the procedure, the higher the chances of complications. However, surgeons are still expected to provide the highest possible standard of care by using the correct techniques and taking all reasonable precautions to ensure that everything goes smoothly. This includes planning the correct procedure for each patient and taking care to prevent infection. When surgeons neglect safety precautions and standards, serious injuries or wrongful death may result. In medical malpractice cases involving botched or unnecessary surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

If you or someone close to you has been injured due to a surgical error, the medical malpractice lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., are here to provide advice and advocacy. We have a proven record of success in obtaining outstanding results for people throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide who have suffered due to negligent medical treatment.

Common Surgical Errors Caused by Medical Negligence

When your doctor recommends surgery, you assume that it will benefit your overall health. However, medical negligence can lead to dangerous surgical errors that may result in additional injuries or wrongful death. Common surgical errors include:

  • Nicking vital organs or nerves
  • Wrong site surgery
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Leaving instruments behind in the patient
  • Untreated infections

Injuries like these may result from a variety of causes. Some surgeries take hours and are quite complex, so if doctors are not vigilant and careful, preventative mistakes may occur. Sometimes, carelessness or fatigue may result in a surgeon overlooking medical records and/or performing surgery at the incorrect site. Fatigue may also result from hospital negligence, if understaffing is an issue. In some cases, a surgeon may simply lack experience in a given operation, leading to complications. Nevertheless, if a surgeon fails to uphold the expected standard of care for any reason, they may be liable in a medical malpractice case.

Before surgery, hospitals often require you to sign a consent form indicating that you accept the risks of the procedure. For any given surgery, there are a number of reasonably foreseeable complications, and these are usually listed on your consent form. If one of these minor complications occurs, you may not have grounds for a personal injury case.

However, this kind of form does not prohibit you from filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice or hospital negligence. In fact, these documents may be useful in establishing the reasonable standard of care for the surgery. If a surgeon’s negligence causes an injury or complication beyond the normal risks of the procedure, you may have a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Hurt by a Surgical Error? Call Our Pennsylvania and New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers

In handling medical malpractice cases involving surgical errors, the attorneys at our law firm thoroughly investigate what happened to determine if and how negligence contributed to the damage. We seek evidence in medical records, surgery logs, X-rays and other sources. We work with highly-qualified experts in surgery and other fields who help up prepare compelling cases for our clients. If you have a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, we will put our knowledge and experience to work for you to help you pursue full and fair compensation.

If a surgical error caused injury to you or a loved one, we are here to help. Contact us today to speak with our knowledgeable Philadelphia or New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers. We offer free initial consultations and always handle cases on a contingency fee basis.