Surgery Error Attorneys
Surgery is a serious medical operation. A procedure as simple as removing tonsils from an adolescent’s mouth may have life-threatening risks. Because surgery is dangerous in of itself, it is important that preventable errors in surgery are minimized.
Surgical Errors & Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Surgical errors are mistakes that are made during surgical operations that result in harm (even death) to patients.
There is an acceptable standard of care that all medical professionals must adhere to when performing surgical operations. If a medical professional fails to meet these standards, he/she may be responsible for medical malpractice, or providing negligent medical services. If you believe that your loved one was harmed due to a surgeon’s inability to meet necessary standards, you should contact an experienced surgical error attorney in Gainesville, FL.
While some surgical errors are performed out of malpractice, other errors are a result of simple mistakes. Through careful review and study before a given procedure however, these medical errors are completely preventable.
Types of Surgical Errors
There are many types of surgical errors. The most common forms of preventable mistakes that are made during surgical operations are a result of anesthetic errors, leaving medical objects in patients; or performing incisions at the wrong surgical site, to the wrong patient, or even performing the wrong procedure altogether.
- Anesthetic Errors: Anesthesia is a form of numbing medication that is used to desensitize the body during surgery. Anesthesia allows a patient to stay asleep during an operation or to feel nothing during a surgery in which he/she has to stay awake. The wrong dosage of anesthesia however, can be deadly. If the dosage is too low, it may not be strong enough to prevent the patient from experiencing pain throughout the full duration of the surgery. The pain may cause the patient’s body to go into shock. If the dosage is too high, the patient may never wake up. In other patients, anesthesia may cause an allergic reaction in the patient. It is the medical professional’s responsibility to review the patient’s medical history and allergies, and prescribe the correct dosage of anesthesia.
- Leaving Medical Objects in Patients: Often, surgeons leave medical objects inside of the patient after performing the operation. Sponges and other tools are common. The tools can cause major complications and infections within the patient’s body, even damaging organs and impeding bodily functions.
- Wrong Surgical Site: It is important that surgeons perform incisions at the appropriate sites. Medical professionals should confirm that the appropriate side and area of a body part is practiced on.
- Wrong Procedure: It is crucial that patients are assigned the correct procedure for their given illness. Performing a procedure that is unnecessary or unsuitable for a patient’s unique needs can be deadly.
- Wrong Patient: While it may seem obvious that is is important to operate on the right patient, countless surgical errors occur because of operations that are performed on the wrong person.
Surgical Error Attorneys in Gainesville, FL
If a surgical error has caused you or your loved one to experience harm, or they led to a wrongful death, you are entitled to medical and monetary benefits to ease your suffering. Our medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts can provide you with experienced legal representation to gain your life back and more after a surgical error.