FLORIDA MALPRACTICE LAWYERS FOR SURGICAL ERRORS
Surgical errors are extremely frightening to imagine, let alone experience. Before “going under the knife,” we generally trust that the surgeon(s) and medical staff are qualified by years of training/education/experience and adhere to a certain professional/ethical standards. Although pain and discomfort is expected after surgery, and humans make mistakes, we rarely suspect that surgeons will act negligently during the course of their duties with your life in their hands. Sadly, this is not always the case. In fact, medical staff routinely make avoidable errors that result in injury, and in more serious cases, permanent damage/wrongful death.
If you or a loved one were injured by a surgical error, or another form of medical malpractice in Florida, it’s important to get your case reviewed immediately, as there’s a Statute of Limitations on your malpractice case.
DETERMINING IF YOU HAVE A CASE
Although, each case is different and may have a special set of circumstances, there’s several general guidelines in determining a malpractice case. These guidelines include:
- If the medical staff did not actually make a surgical error or other medical mistake, then it’s legally not considered malpractice.
- Negative outcomes after surgery does not automatically constitute malpractice. Unfortunately, there are potential risks associated with surgery. If a surgical procedure was performed in accordance with all medical standards, then they’re not liable.
- A formal patient-doctor relationship must be established (general advice is not sufficient).
- The surgeon or other medical professional must have acted negligently (i.e not properly sterilizing surgical instruments, leaving tools inside a patient, anesthesia errors, etc).
- The error must have caused injury to the patient.
- The injury must have led to damages.
COMMON SURGICAL ERRORS
Surgical instruments or objects left in a patient – Failure to count all tools used during a surgical procedure, Whether a forgotten object is a soft pad of gauze or a sharp pair of scissors, the end result can be blockage, organ damage, internal bleeding, or death.
Organ or nerve damage – These errors often involve the surgeon mishandling the scalpel or other medical instrument and cutting a nerve, tendon, etc. Mishaps like these can be extremely serious and result in life-long pain and disability for the patient.
Anesthesia errors – One of the most common errors during surgery involve a patient being administered the wrong dosage of anesthetics. This error may lead to oxygen deprivation to the patient’s brain, which in turn, may lead to brain damage or death. Another frightening error during surgery, involves the patient being “aware” during the procedure and feeling high levels of pain due to errors by the anesthesiologist or medical staff.
Improper sterilization – Failure to properly sterilize medical equipment used during the course of the surgery exposes the patient to health risks such as infection.
Performing surgery on the wrong body part – It’s not unheard of for surgeons to operate on the incorrect body part. This has occurred even with amputations.
Incorrect surgery – Believe it or not, surgeons sometimes perform the wrong surgery entirely. Many hospitals and surgical practices are overwhelmed and/or understaffed. The medical staff is supposed to perform a “preoperative verification” to ensure the correct procedure is being performed on the correct patient; however, this is sometimes overlooked due to medical negligence.
FAULTY MEDICAL DEVICES
If complications occur due to issues with a surgically implanted medical device, the product manufacturer may actually be at fault. In fact, certain devices carry an unnecessary high risk of injury in patients. Two notable examples of devices that have caused serious patient injury include: Metal hip implants, and Inferior Vena Cava Filters for blood clots
Our law firm is pursuing claims against specific manufacturers of faulty medical products. You can read more about these medical devices and manufacturers here.
It’s important to note, our attorneys can work with you if you were injured by one of these specific devices anywhere in the United States.
SUFFERING FROM COMPLICATIONS?
Our medical injury attorneys are experienced in malpractice cases involving surgical errors. Depending on the specific details involved in a claim, a plaintiff may be able to recover compensation for damages such as hospital bills, lost income, and physical pain and suffering. If you or a loved one were injured under the care of a medical professional, contact us for a free & confidential case evaluation.
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