Surgical complications and errors are the unexpected side effects of a surgical procedure. Shockingly, most doctors and hospitals will not admit when mistakes have been made, especially when their own negligence was the cause. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error or complication, it’s time to talk to us.
Surgical complications: What is acceptable risk?
Physicians cannot guarantee successful results for every surgery. Complications are considered acceptable risks of procedures that may save or extend a life. However, surgical complications can be caused by physician negligence. If the treating physician or surgeon performed actions that deviated from acceptable medical practice and caused unnecessary complications, they could be responsible for medical malpractice.
Surgery mistakes cause injury
Surgical errors can have lasting effects on patients, requiring additional hospitalizations, follow-up surgeries, and irreversible loss or damage in some cases. Common examples of surgical complications and errors include:
- Operating on the wrong area of the body
- Performing the wrong surgery
- Performing surgery on the wrong patient
- Post-operative infections
- Leaving items inside the patient during surgery (sponges, clamps, etc.)
- Causing damage that was not explained to the patient as part of the pre-surgical briefing
Complications are a risk of any type of surgery
Physician error and negligence can result in complications in almost any type of surgery. Gynecological procedures can result in damage to nearby organs, sometimes necessitating a hysterectomy that would have otherwise been unnecessary, or causing trauma to the bladder or urinary tract. Improperly performed colonoscopies can result in bowel perforations, causing pain and illness. Complications can also affect parts of the body not directly involved in the surgery, such as when blood clots develop. Additionally, foot drop or other neurological damage can result from improper positioning during surgery.
Legal Help for Surgical Malpractice Cases
If you have been the victim of a surgery error, it is imperative that you seek prompt legal advice. You should only trust attorneys who are familiar with medicine and have access to a variety of medical experts in fields such as pathology, neurology, oncology, cardiology, toxicology, and pharmacology. The lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. are highly experienced and knowledgeable in surgical malpractice and medical malpractice law. We are committed to maximizing the results of litigation or a negotiated settlement for our clients. If you or a loved one believes that you have been involved in a surgical malpractice incident, please call us at 1-888-575-6410 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.