Surgical Errors

There are many different types of medical malpractice that can happen in a hospital or physician’s office. If a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional is not careful, mistakes can be made anywhere from the patient’s initial appointment all the way to the final step in their treatment. One of the most dangerous types of medical malpractice is surgical error. Preparing for and performing surgery takes the utmost care and attentiveness from everyone involved. However, a mistake on the part of a surgeon or assistant does not necessarily mean they are guilty of medical malpractice. It is when the medical professionals in attendance fail to live up to a set of professional standards which are expected from others in their profession that medical malpractice can be said to have occurred.

Common Surgical Errors

Surgical errors can be devastating to patients. Negligence on the part of the surgeon or their assistants can quickly result in a permanent injury or damage done to the person’s body and physical abilities. Some of the most common surgical errors include:

  • Tools or sponges left behind in the body
  • Surgery on the wrong body part
  • The wrong type of surgery performed
  • Too little or too much anesthesia used
  • Mixing up surgical procedures of patients
  • Puncturing of an organ

Unfortunately, surgical errors are all too frequent in hospitals across the United States. According to professor Martin Makary, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University, although surgical errors are less frequent than most other types of medical malpractice, they occur much more often than most people think. In a recent study, in the state of Colorado alone there have been 132 serious surgical errors made over the last 6 and a half years.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a surgical error, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Don’t wait to contact an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer today.

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