Every single surgery contains risks, no matter how “minor” your surgery may be. Many of the risks are well known and avoidable if the medical professionals treat each patient as the standard of care requires. If they fail to meet the standard of care, it could result in serious injury or death. This guide will provide an overview of what surgical errors are and how you should go about getting help if a surgical error has seriously hurt you or a loved one.
What Is A Surgical Error?
If you’ve experienced any kind of preventable or avoidable mistake made during surgery, you’ve experienced a surgical error. There is a long list of potential reasons why surgical errors may occur. According to data from 1990 to 2010 in the National Practitioner Data Bank, more than 4,000 people who undergo surgery are injured by a preventable surgical error on an annual basis. The study also found that many “never events,” which is a term in the medical community for events that are so shocking and outrageous that they should never have happened, took place in hospitals across the country. Some of these surgical errors include:
- Performing surgery on the wrong patient;
- Performing a procedure on the wrong body part;
- Performing the wrong procedure altogether;
- Unintentionally severing an artery/vein;
- Leaving foreign objects like surgical instruments in the patient’s body after surgery;
- Using dirty or unsterilized instruments in surgery;
- Infusing the wrong blood type or unclean blood into a patient;
- Failing to document/investigate bleeding; or
- Using oxygen lines containing no gas or the wrong gas.
Simple mistakes due to negligence can cause severe injuries, and these simple mistakes often result in more mistakes, leading to worse results for the patient. For example, the attorneys at Cardaro & Peek have encountered situations where a negligently performed procedure leads to a fracture, which leads to a punctured artery, which is then not reported. All of these errors compound to cause serious injuries, and even death.
What Options Are There For Victims Of Medical Negligence?
While surgical errors happen regularly, hospitals and physicians are not going to voluntarily admit they are at fault for your injuries. For that reason, you may want to contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to evaluate your case and help you get the answers that you deserve. At Cardaro & Peek, we represent people seeking a surgical malpractice lawyer in Baltimore or beyond, as well as people who need assistance in bringing another type of malpractice claim. The lawyers of Cardaro & Peek have more than eighty (80) years of experience handling medical malpractice claims and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. Our work on your behalf will include:
- Gathering medical records and other evidence
- Discuss your case with medical experts and specialists
- Filing a lawsuit against the health care professionals/institutions responsible for your injuries
- Aggressively litigating the case, including deposing the defendant health care professionals
- Resolving claims through settlement if possible
- Taking the case to trial if necessary
- Resolving liens, medical bills, collections and other loose ends after a case.
By working with a trusted medical malpractice legal team like Cardaro & Peek, you can get the justice that you deserve.
Are You Suffering From The Consequences Of A Surgical Error? Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
The lawyers of Cardaro & Peek, LLC together have more than eighty (80) years of experience handling medical malpractice claims and have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. By working with a trusted medical malpractice legal team like Cardaro & Peek, you can get the justice that you deserve.
The lawyers of Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical malpractice claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn for more information.