Surgical Error Attorney
Serving Clients throughout Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania and Georgia
Like any doctor, surgeons have a legal duty to perform in accordance with the proper standard of care. This means they must use their training, skills, and knowledge in a way that is consistent with accepted standards of practice in their particular field. When a surgeon operates on a patient, he or she must handle the procedure in a reasonable, professional way. Surgeons also have an obligation to follow up with patients to ensure the patient does not experience complications following the surgery.
Complications are a possibility with any type of surgery. Patients are counseled about their risks prior to any procedure. However, surgeons who cause injury due to incompetence or failure to adhere to the appropriate standard of care should be held accountable for the injuries they cause.
If you or someone you love has suffered a surgical complication, injury, or wrongful death due to a surgeon’s negligence, the medical malpractice attorneys at LawMD can help. Many of the lawyers on our team are also doctors, which gives us tremendous insight in these cases. Our Maryland, D.C., and Philadelphia lawyers are here to help. Call us today.
Common Surgical Mistakes
No surgery is entirely risk-free. Even a fairly routine procedure can quickly deteriorate into a life-threatening situation. Surgeons, operating room nurses, and anesthesiologists are trained to handle these cases.
These health professionals are also trained to treat patients with professionalism and skill. Surgery is a demanding field of medicine, and for good reason. Surgeons literally have patients’ lives in their hands. When they make mistakes, people can die.
At LawMD, we handle a wide range of surgical malpractice cases. These cases include:
- Surgery on the wrong part of the body
- Surgery performed on the wrong patient
- A surgical instrument, sponge, or other foreign material left in the body
- Blood typing mistakes during surgery
- Anesthesia errors
- Improper use of laparoscopic or robotic surgery
- Obstetric errors and surgical birth injuries
Surgical errors can be devastating for patients and their families. In some cases, a surgeon’s mistake leads to a cascade of problems that cause a patient to suffer unnecessary interventions, distress, and emotional harm. For example, a surgeon’s failure to control bleeding can result in a life-threatening condition called disseminated intravascular coagulation, in which small blood clots develop in a patient’s bloodstream, blocking blood vessels.
In other cases, a surgeon mismanages a patient’s case, leading to a life-changing result. For example, a surgeon’s failure to control bleeding after a c-section could result in hysterectomy, rendering an otherwise healthy woman unable to have more children.
Surgeons have also left instruments, sponges, and other materials inside a patient’s body, creating months and sometimes even years of health problems.
Anesthesia and Nurse Anesthetist Errors
Anesthesia mistakes can also result in disastrous consequences for patients. Anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists are responsible for overseeing the patient’s safety and pain management throughout the surgical procedure. When they administer the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, they can cause serious and fatal health complications, including brain damage, coma, and organ failure.
Patients can also suffer harm due to allergic reactions to anesthesia. When anesthesiologists fail to respond rapidly and effectively, patients can suffer anaphylaxis – a potentially fatal health condition.
Delays Can Hurt Your Case
You have a narrow window of opportunity for filing a medical malpractice case for a surgical error. The law limits the amount of time in which you have to file a claim. These time limits are known as “statutes of limitation.” If you fail to file on time, your case could be barred forever. Contact a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you suspect you have been a victim of a surgical mistake. Your health is too important to leave to chance.
Have You Suffered a Surgical Error? We Want to Help
The lawyer-physicians at LawMD have helped people just like you get the justice, vindication, and compensation they deserve. If you have experienced a surgical error, you need a powerful advocate on your side. We will listen to you, and we will help you get the best result possible in your case.
Our lawyers offer free case evaluations. Call LawMD today at 888-MY-LAWMD ( 888-695-2963 ) to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer about your case.