Botched surgery is an unfortunate reality for many medical malpractice victims.
Patients place trust and confidence in doctors and surgeons every single day – especially just before they undergo anesthesia and a major surgical procedure. And, although no doctor can guarantee a 100 percent success rate for any surgery, patients play the odds when making health care choices – they bet that the doctor is an experienced and professional surgeon who will do everything within his power to avoid surgery mistakes and make sure the surgery is a success.
When a surgeon makes a flagrant error that costs a patient his quality of life, there must be consequences. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Surgery mistakes have very real consequences.
Due to the risks inherent in surgery and situations where anesthesia is used, surgery mistakes can often be serious and deadly. One study suggests that patient safety, and surgical errors, surgery mistakes, and cases or surgery malpractice, among other types of medical malpractice errors resulted in over 238,000 preventable deaths over a four year period and cost the U.S. government (through programs such as Medicare) close to $8.8 billion.
In fact, the problem has become so prevalent in recent years that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently stopped reimbursing hospitals for medical mistakes and medical errors for the subsequent health care treatment required to treat patients as a result of medical malpractice stemming from eight major preventable surgical mistakes – including doctors and nurses leaving foreign objects in a person’s body after surgery and certain kinds of acquired post-surgical infections.
A surgery error is generally classified as those made in preparation for, during, or after surgery, including:
- Failure to properly diagnose a condition, which leads to surgery on a healthy organ or body part
- Pre-operation errors relating to anesthesia, medication, or medical records that results in death, brain damage, or other serious injury
- Wrong site operations, including amputation or removal of healthy tissue, limbs or organs
- Unsanitary surgical instruments and the resulting infections including sepsis
- Puncture or other damage to organs (sometimes healthy) during surgery
- Post-surgery mistakes, such as leaving surgical instruments inside the body, failure to monitor and asses a patient’s condition, and/or failure to clean and close the surgery site properly
Types of surgeries.
Errors can and do occur in every type of surgical situation and procedure from exploratory surgery to heart surgery. However, there are common high-risk surgeries include:
- Gastric Bypass or Lap-Band Surgery
- Lasik Surgery
- Spine Surgery
- Cardiac Surgery
And in all types of surgery, there is always risk for injury from anesthesia mistakes and blood/fluid transfusion reactions.
Free attorney consultations.
Please call the Rasansky Law Firm for a FREE CONSULTATION and tell us the details your case. We are experienced surgery malpractice lawyers and medical professionals who can handle your case.
Five life saving tips.
Before you or a loved one agrees to undergo a major surgical procedure, remember these tips in an effort to prevent to surgical mistakes.
- Talk with your surgeon and make sure you are comfortable with his qualifications, and training, compared to other surgeons interviewed.
- Before anesthesia, speak with your doctor and remind him of your name, case type and discuss the type of procedure you are about to undergo;
- If you are having surgery on a certain extremity, initial that particular site with you physician;
- Bring a patient advocate with you who can speak for you in your absence.
If a member of your family (or yourself) has suffered because of surgical errors then contact the Rasansky Law Firm. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and/or wrongful death.
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