In many cases, surgery is often the last option. Because of the seriousness and risks of these procedures, many healthcare professionals turn to various other treatment options before resorting to surgery.
All surgeries are complex, requiring a certain level of skill, training, and knowledge to ensure the safety and success of the procedure. Surgeons have to uphold a legal standard of care that exists to ensure that their methods before, during, and after surgery are consistent with all acceptable standards of practice within their specialty.
Unfortunately, this standard is not always met. In many cases, surgeons cause injury to patients due to incompetence, negligence, or a failure to follow the appropriate standard of care. These surgical errors can be devastating, often leading to serious complications. Some surgical errors can be life-threatening.
No matter the procedure, human error is always a possibility. Even a simple surgery can lead to severe complications if a doctor fails to live up to the standard of care they owe. If a healthcare professional’s surgical error caused you to suffer injuries, our New Orleans attorneys at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. are here to fight for you.
Our team possesses the legal knowledge to prepare your case thoroughly and present it to a court. Our law firm has assisted countless clients across Louisiana and Mississippi, and we are more than ready to help you.
Common Surgical Errors
One notable surgical error is improper procedures. In these cases, surgeons perform the wrong surgery on the wrong body part, which causes horrifying injuries. In some cases, a surgeon performs the wrong surgery on the wrong person. Improper procedures are entirely preventable. While human error is a possibility in all surgeries, these errors are inexcusable.
Other common surgical errors include:
- Incorrect incisions
- Retained foreign objects
- Contraction of an infection after the surgery
- Falls during surgery
- Medication errors during or after surgery
- Equipment that was not sterilized properly
- Delayed surgery
- Anesthesia errors
- Damage to surrounding muscles, tissues, or nerves
- Blood typing mistakes
Surgical errors are devastating not just for the patient but for their family, as well. In many instances, the injuries sustained due to a surgical error or improper procedure can lead to life-threatening consequences, causing unnecessary pain and suffering.
Throughout the medical industry, surgical errors (especially improper procedures) are considered “never events,” meaning they should never happen. The National Quality Forum looks for three criteria in “never events”:
- The error should be a clearly recognizable mistake
- The mistake leads to serious injury, disability, or death.
- It could have been prevented.
These cases are incredibly delicate and require a certain level of seriousness. With decades of experience, the attorneys at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. will not shy away from your case. Our New Orleans medical malpractice attorneys have assisted clients across Louisiana and Mississippi, securing the compensation they deserve.
If you suffered an injury due to a surgeon’s negligence or incompetence, do not wait. With exceptional skills and vast legal proficiency, our attorneys possess the resources necessary to conduct thorough investigations, secure the help of reputable and respected experts, and ensure justice is served.