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Are Surgical Errors a Form of Medical Malpractice?

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Patients are usually sedated under an anesthetic, so if they do experience some form of a surgical error, they may not realize it.

When it comes to medical malpractice, most injured patients take the blame for their complications.  If you fall ill after you’ve had surgery, for instance, your first reaction may be to criticize yourself for not taking better care of your surgical wound.  However, have you considered that this illness or complication may not be because of your own personal negligence?  Surgical errors are a common form of medical malpractice that plague hospitals.  Patients are usually sedated under an anesthetic, so if they do experience some form of a surgical error, they may not realize it.  Read on, and you might discover that you need to find a medical malpractice lawyer immediately due to a surgical error.

What Are Surgical Errors?

 

Before you can think about a medical malpractice case, you must first understand what can be classified as a surgical error.  There are many different types of surgical errors to be considered.  Some of those include nerve damage, anesthesiology errors, incorrect incisions or surgical sites, operating on the wrong patient, and leaving equipment or remnants inside of a patient.  Chances are, before you went into your surgical procedure, you signed a consent form that acknowledged you understand these potential risks.  However, even though all legal bases may seem covered, errors and medical malpractice can still occur.

 

How Could Surgical Errors Occur?

 

When surgical errors take place, there are many possible causes.  A common reason for surgical error would be a simple miscommunication–when a member of the surgical team is not properly informed of the procedure, it can lead to malpractice.  It’s also possible that the team has not been entirely informed on the medical background of the patient, affecting the surgical outcome.  However, there are issues wherein the surgical staff is simply incompetent or under the influence.  This can cause someone to be so disoriented that they make fatal mistakes, such as failing to follow sterilization protocol or making an incorrect incision.  If you think you or a loved one has experienced medical malpractice due to surgical error, seek out a medical malpractice lawyer today.

 

If you have fallen ill due to a surgical error, The Snyder Law Group can help.

 

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