What is a Surgical Error?

According to a study by Johns Hopkins which looked at medical death rate data over a period of 8 years, more than 250,000 patient deaths are a result of medical error each year, making it the third leading cause of death. Despite significant advancements in surgical technology over recent years, patient suffering as a result of surgical errors persists. When a surgeon makes a critical error, it can result in permanent injury or even death. Surgical error attorneys work to provide victims recourse for their injuries. When a surgical professional is held accountable for negligence, it can prevent similar mistakes from happening in the future.

Do I Have a Surgical Error Lawsuit?

Some surgical errors can result from a physician's failure to consider a patient's full medical history. Other errors result from a physician's recklessness, or from a plain disinterest on the part of a surgeon or another hospital staff member. Regardless of the specific cause of your surgical injury, if medical negligence was involved then a surgical error lawsuit can help you get the compensation you deserve for all your injury-related costs. Some common sources of surgical error lawsuits are:

  • Medication errors
  • Wrong-sided surgeries
  • Anesthetic errors
  • Infections resulting from poor sanitation
  • Poorly-made incisions, resulting in internal injuries
  • Surgical instruments left inside of the patient

What Makes a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Meritous?

In order to bring a successful malpractice claim or case, the claimant must prove that the health care provider acted negligently and that this negligence caused an injury and damage. Proving a case requires obtaining and reviewing medical records in conjunction with experts and then presenting the claim, with supporting evidence.

Lawyers specializing in surgical error lawsuits have the knowledge and expertise to find the mistakes doctors made, gather expert witnesses, and hold negotiations for a settlement in your favor.

What Damages Could I Recover in a Surgical Error Lawsuit?

Those who suffer a surgical error as a result of medical negligence have the right to recover for both their economic and emotional damages. With a surgical error lawsuit, you may be able to recover for:

  • Past and future medical costs, including medical bills resulting from additional surgeries or a prolonged hospital stay
  • Costs for additional or prolonged treatments
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Other damages

Our firm has decades of experience with surgical error claims, to better assist you in your case. View our verdicts and settlements for more information on our history of success.