We place a tremendous amount of trust in the medical community. When you suffer a serious illness or personal injury, you go to the hospital and expect that you’ll be treated with the utmost care to address your ailment. Unfortunately, doctors, nurses, and medical staff are only human and are prone to negligence in the workplace. When this happens, medical malpractice, such as surgical errors, may happen and lead to complications and further pain and suffering for you.
At Portner & Shure, P.A., we believe that you deserve the best medical care when you need it and that any person, be it doctor or hospital staff, should be held accountable for any negligence on their behalf. As a nationally-recognized law firm we will fight to make sure that you’re fairly compensated for your injuries.
If you’ve suffered an injury due to a doctor or medical professional’s negligence, contact the surgical error lawyers at Portner & Shure today at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for your free consultation.
What is a Surgical Error?
Surgical errors are preventable injuries and mistakes that happen during surgery. While it’s true that all surgery carries certain risks, and you must sign an informed consent form before your procedure, surgical errors are those that go beyond the normal occurrences of surgery.
For a surgical error to be considered under medical malpractice it must be established that the error fell below the accepted medical standard of care and that it was the error that caused your injury. In general, the definition of the standard of care is “the type and level of care an ordinary, prudent, health care professional, with the same training and experience, would provide under similar circumstances in the same community.”
Proving these two aspects of surgical errors can be difficult by yourself, that’s why you need the help of experienced personal injury lawyers who will fight on your behalf.
Causes of Surgical Errors
There are many situations and factors that may cause a medical professional to perform a surgical error. Negligence comes in many forms and showing that your doctor, nurse, or health practitioner acted carelessly and caused you undue injury is how we will help you recover the damages you need for your pain and suffering.
While all surgeries and surgical errors are unique, there are some common factors that contribute to this type of negligence. These include:
- Incompetence: This can happen if your doctor or health professional has insufficient experience or lacks the skills to perform the surgery successfully.
- Poor planning: If your surgeon fails to fully prepare for the surgery, an accident can occur. This includes not reviewing and preparing for complications that may arise and not making sure the proper equipment is prepped and ready for use when needed.
- Poor communication: Insufficient communication between the surgeon and their staff can lead to a host of problems. These may include marking the wrong site for the surgery, failing to make sure the proper equipment is on hand, and improperly communicating the dosage of a patient’s medication.
- Carless process: Surgical procedures are established so that surgeons can perform your surgery safely and effectively. Any shortcuts can have critical consequences.
- Impairment: This can happen if a surgeon is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while performing surgery and causes an unexpected injury.
- Negligence: Surgery is a very precise process and demands attention. When a surgeon is not as careful as they should be, such as not sterilizing the equipment or by using defective equipment, they can cause serious injury.
- Fatigue: Because surgeons and medical staff work long shifts, the risks of making mistakes because of fatigue are high.
Examples of Surgical Errors
As mentioned above, every surgery is unique and presents a range of different errors that can occur. Some of the most common mistakes that do occur include:
- Injuring a nerve, tendon, or muscle during surgery
- Using too much, or too little, medication or anesthesia
- Leaving surgical equipment inside a patient
- Performing the incision in the wrong area
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Operating on the wrong person
- Causing infections
- Performing surgery when it was not necessary or advisable
In the event that a surgery goes wrong and the patient dies due to the negligence or mistake of a surgeon or medical staff, you may seek a wrongful death claim to hold the responsible party liable and receive compensation for your loss.
How We Can Help
Surgical errors, like all medical malpractice injuries, can impact your life and the life of your loved ones. Not only can you suffer unexpected injuries or complications, but you may be significantly limited in your ability to perform work or take care of yourself if the error was severe. Our experienced surgical error lawyers understand the complications these injuries can create and pursue compensation to help with the financial burden that is often associated with these injuries.
Our lawyers can pursue compensation for:
- Current and future medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages from time missed at work
- Future earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Funeral expenses in cases of wrongful death
Our surgical error lawyers will investigate your case and evaluate the details of the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries. We will leave no stone unturned in bringing the responsible party to justice.
Contact an Experienced Surgical Error Lawyer Today
With over 20 years of experience, our lawyers at Portner & Shure have proven records of success winning settlements and trial awards across a variety of practice areas. Our team has earned recognition nationally by prestigious organizations and publications through our unparalleled pursuit of justice on the behalf of our clients.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious surgical error injury from the carelessness of a medial professional, don’t hesitate to call us at 410-995-1515 or 301-854-9000 for assistance in Maryland, 703-734-8790 for service in Virginia, 804-916-1577 in Richmond, and 202-554-1449 in Washington D.C. for your free consultation. Our injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that we don't get paid until you do.