• Oct
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    What to do if You’ve Suffered from a Surgical Error

    It’s natural to be nervous before surgery, regardless of whether it is major or minor. It is also natural for others to try to calm your anxiety, pointing out that there are over 50 million surgeries performed every year (and that number continues to climb). Still, for all of the surgeries that go off without a hitch, there is also an unfortunate group of patients who end up with adverse effects and complications following surgery because of a surgical error. Some even die.

    Not every patient whose surgery goes wrong is a victim of a surgical error. There are some problems that are impossible to anticipate, or which cannot be prevented, no matter how much care and skill are applied. But for those who have suffered as a result of a surgical error, the legal system provides the opportunity to file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking compensation for the damages that you’ve suffered.

    There are many different types of surgical errors that can be attributed to negligence. The most common of these are:

    • Anesthesia errors
    • Failure to address or repair complications that occur or are seen during surgery
    • Failure to monitor patient vital signs
    • Failure to take appropriate action to prevent infection
    • Injuring healthy organs or body parts during surgery
    • Leaving foreign objects in the body
    • Operating on the wrong body part
    • Physician failure to diagnose or recognize a medical condition during or before surgery

    Not every surgical error is a matter of negligence or malpractice and not every surgical error leads to damage. Finding out that your physician made a mistake during surgery that has not resulted in any change in your health or quality of life, and which has not resulted in added costs, generally does not warrant legal action. But if you have suffered pain, a change in your health or quality of life, a loss of abilities or increased expenses as a result of a surgical error, you may be entitled to seek compensation.

    The best way to determine whether you are eligible to pursue compensation for a surgical error is to speak to a qualified attorney. To set up an appointment to discuss your situation, contact our office today.

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