In many cases, surgery is often a last resort. Because of the seriousness and risks of these procedures, many healthcare professionals turn to various other treatment options before proceeding with 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 a legal duty to ensure that their methods and actions before, during, and after surgery are consistent with all acceptable standards of practice within their respective specialties.
Unfortunately, this standard is not always met. In some cases, surgeons cause injury to patients due to incompetence, negligence, or a failure to follow the appropriate standard of care. Even a simple surgery can lead to severe complications, if a doctor fails to live up to the standard of care owed.
If a healthcare professional’s surgical error caused you to suffer injuries, the medical malpractice attorneys at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. are here to fight for you.
Common Surgical Errors
One notable surgical error is a physician’s failure to perform the proper procedure. In these cases, surgeons may perform the wrong surgery on the wrong body part orthe wrong surgery on the wrong person, both of which can result in horrifying injuries. While human error is a possibility in all surgeries, this type of surgical error is 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
Surgical errors are devastating, not just for the patient but for the patient’s family as well. In some 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 can be incredibly delicate and require great care to litigate. With decades of experience, the attorneys at Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. will not shy away from the difficult issues in your case. Our medical malpractice attorneys have helped clients across Louisiana and Mississippi to secure 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.