Although all surgical procedures inevitably carry certain risks, doctors and medical teams should do their best to minimize the possibility of any mishaps. Unfortunately, however, recent studies have indicated that there are more than 4,000 surgical errors per year in the United States. These errors can take the form of surgeries performed on the wrong patient, surgical tools left inside the body, and other damaging mistakes. Whether due to recklessness, inattentiveness, or simply fatigue, surgeons and their teams can make devastating errors that may have catastrophic and even deadly repercussions for their patients.
Surgical Malpractice Concerns
Patients who are not provided with proper, attentive care can be left with additional injuries that may require further treatment or medical intervention, including additional surgery in some cases. These remarkably dangerous errors can include the following:
- Wrong site surgery
- Incorrect procedure
- Mishandling of surgical instruments
- Foreign objects inside body cavity
- Surgery on wrong patient
- Improper suturing
- Post-surgical complications
These mistakes not only put a considerable physical and emotional burden on a patient, but they can also drastically increase a person’s financial obligations regarding treatment costs, loss of wages during recovery, and any long-term disability expenses. However, patients injured due to surgical errors may be entitled to take legal action to secure compensation for their damages.
If your injuries were caused by a surgical team’s thoughtless mistakes, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation for the wide range of costs associated with your injury. For a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer, contact an attorney from Stepleton Dugan, LLC, today at 513-321-7733.