Every type of surgery, even minor surgery, carries inherent risks and some chance of a poor outcome or even death. However, surgical mistakes are not an acceptable risk or an excusable cause of injury or death. While some mistakes are very obvious, such as the removal of the wrong limb, others may be hard to detect and your doctor may try to hide the fact that your poor outcome or a loved one’s death was due to an error rather than a normal risk of surgery.
Common Surgical Mistakes
Although it may be hard to believe, certain types of surgical errors happen rather frequently. They include:
- Inappropriate procedure due to failure to fully consider a patient’s medical history
- Anesthesia errors
- Use of dirty instruments and other unsanitary conditions
- Nicking or cutting of arteries, nerves, muscles, or organs, that should not have been involved in the surgery
- Leaving items inside of the patient such as gauze, sponges, or instruments
- Wrong site surgery – surgery on the wrong part of the body including removing the wrong limb or organ, or performing a procedure that was supposed to be performed on a different patient
Injuries Caused By Surgical Mistakes
In some cases surgical mistakes are fairly minor and have little or no negative impact on the patient. However, even a very small mistake can have serious or deadly consequences. Even survivable surgical mistakes can change your life forever. For instance, wrong site surgery can result in a vast array of unnecessary medical issues such as infertility, the need for a pacemaker, inability to walk or use your hands, and more. The results of surgical mistakes can include:
- Extended recovery time
- Mild to severe pain
- Need for additional surgery or surgeries
- Loss of limb or organ
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Permanent disability
- Birth injury
What You Need To Know:
Insurance companies’ obligations are to their stockholders and policy holders, not to the people injured by their insured’s negligence. Insurance companies’ desire to maximize their own profits provides them with every motivation to try to deny your claim or pay you the very minimum amount that they can get away with. The insurance companies also have enormous advantages: they have immense wealth, armies of experienced adjusters and lawyers and years of experience reducing and denying claims.
At the Law Office of Stephen A. Burroughs, our only obligation is to you, our client. We will use our experience and every resource available to protect your interests, and we will work hard to help you receive the full value for your case. We will advise you every step of the way to help you avoid any mistakes that could cost you money. There is no charge for attorney’s fees until you recover money for your personal injuries, and we will also help you resolve your property damage claims for no fee whatsoever. For assistance, call today at 1-877-300-3773, contact us or submit an free online case evaluation.