Medical Malpractice Attorney
Surgical Error Malpractice Claims
Medical Malpractice Claims
The prospect of surgery can be a scary one. Even what some would consider to be minor surgery can often cause anxiety. You are trusting your doctor and health care professionals with performing a complex medical procedure that can have serious repercussions on your health and well-being. This is a big deal and it is unfortunate that so many doctors fail to use the proper level of care in executing these procedures. The results are often devastating for the patient. At Fazli & Associates, we fight for our clients who have been the victims of surgical errors that could have been prevented had their treating medical professionals not been negligent.
What Surgical Errors Constitute Medical Malpractice?
Put simply, a surgical error is a preventable mistake that occurred during surgery. There are inherent risks in all surgeries and error can occur even when the surgeon and the surgical team all act with proper care. This means that not all surgical errors will substantiate a medical malpractice claim. In order for a surgical error to be considered medical malpractice, there must be a lapse in the standard of care by the surgeon or the surgical team. Additionally, the surgical error must have caused the patient to suffer further injury or harm.
The applicable standard of care in a surgical error medical malpractice case refers to the level of care the treating doctor was required to provide but failed to do so. Generally speaking, a medical professional is required to provide the same quality of care that a reasonably prudent medical professional in the same community, with the same training and experience, would have provided under comparable circumstances.
Surgical errors can occur because of a variety of negligent action or inaction on the part of treating medical professionals. Poor communication during or prior to the surgery can often result in a surgical error such as incorrect dosage of medication being administered, or the wrong limb being operated upon. The surgeon may have been experiencing extreme fatigue as the result of too many long shifts, a common problem faced by surgeons. An overtired surgeon is much more likely to make mistakes than a well-rested one. The surgeon may also have failed to do the proper prep work including reviewing a patient’s medical records to be aware of potential risks and complications of the procedure.
Some of the most common surgical errors that occur include:
Operating on the wrong area
Leaving medical instruments in the body
Cutting a nerve during the operation
Failure to keep necessary surgical equipment on hand
Failure to prep and sterilize surgical equipment
Any of these surgical errors can have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of the patient. The patient may face worsening of health conditions, the development of a new injury or illness, or extended recovery times because of a surgical error. This is not even to mention the fact that experiencing a surgical error can be traumatic in and of itself. The trust you placed in your doctor has been broken and that can be something difficult to deal with in and of itself. That is why Fazli & Associates is committed to providing excellence in the care of our clients. They have already been through so much. We are here to help. We are here to fight to enforce their legal rights so that they can focus on their own health and well-being.
Fighting for Surgical Error Medical Malpractice Victims
Surgical errors are, unfortunately, very common. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a surgical error, talk to the trusted medical malpractice attorneys at Fazli & Associates. We are here to help you and provide the legal support needed to recover full and fair compensation for the harm you have suffered. Contact us today.