Types of Surgical Mistakes

Dec 24, 2013 — by Gary Zucker
Tags: Medical Malpractice Personal Injury Wrongful Death

Types of Surgical MistakesWe expect doctors and medical professionals of all kinds to work with diligence and ensure that no ill befalls their patients. Sadly, this is not always the case. There are many instances in which a doctor or medical professional of some kind does not provide good care to patients. In these cases, the care provided can be quite harmful. It's important for negligent medical professionals to be held accountable for their actions, which is where our personal injury attorneys come into play.

The team at our law firm would like to take a few moments right now to consider the nature of surgical errors and why these need to be taken so seriously.

About Surgical Mistakes

Surgery can be stressful for the patient and his or her loved ones. Yet we rely on surgeons and their surgery team to relieve this anxiety. We expect them to know what they're doing. There are a number of instances in which medical errors during surgery do occur, and they are the result of a surgeon's negligence. Below are just a few examples of this negligence, some of which can be extremely egregious.

Operating On the Wrong Organ

We have heard stories on the news of the wrong organ being operated on during surgery. This includes amputating the wrong limb, removing and/or transplanting the wrong organ, and making incisions on the wrong side of the body. This is unacceptable on so many levels and surgeons who do this need to be punished for their irresponsibility.

Leaving Surgical Equipment Inside the Patient

Another issue that often comes up with regard to surgical errors involves leaving surgical equipment inside of a patient's body. Our medical malpractice attorneys have seen cases in which surgical sponges, scalpels, forceps, and other foreign objects remain within a patient's body. This can lead to internal bleeding and injury in the worst case scenarios.

Errors with Anesthetic

Anesthetic is intended to reduce pain and keep us calm during surgery. Yet anesthetic errors have occurred that are terrifying. There are news stories of patients who become conscious and alert during surgery but remain under general anesthetic, unable to alert their surgeon that they are experiencing pain. Too much anesthetic can have adverse effects on a patient as well.

Unnecessary Surgery

If a patient is incorrectly diagnosed for a health condition, he or she may be forced to undergo a surgery that is not needed. In these cases, the surgeon and the doctor who suggested surgery will be held responsible since the wrong sort of care was provided.

What Our Lawyers Can Do for Clients

Our legal team advocates on behalf of victims and their families, not the hospitals or the medical industry. We want to make sure that our doctors, surgeons, and hospitals provide the best possible care, and we will hold people accountable for their actions should they not meet a basic standard of care.

Learn More About Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

If you have been the victim of a surgical mistake or any sort of doctor error, it's important that you contact our Brooklyn, New York personal injury attorneys today. By speaking with our attorneys about your legal options, you will be able to receive just compensation for any injuries or losses that have been sustained.

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