What Kind of Surgery Errors May Lead to Medical Malpractice Claims?

In the present-day scenario, often hospitals and doctors are more concerned about increasing their revenue rather than looking about the right treatment of their patients and taking proper care for them.

As a result, there is an increasing trend of medical malpractices and particularly during the surgery, most of the malpractices are observed. Any common person during their illness submits them completely in the hands of their doctors to get the treatment. However, the trust given to doctors is often not equally reciprocated by taking right care.    

You can always take legal remedy in case you too have become a victim of such medical malpractices by hiring a competent attorney from any reputed law firms like Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP.

Generally, following are few different types of surgery errors that occur during the process of surgery for which you can always make a claim for your loss. 

  • Wrong site surgery

If the surgery is performed in the wrong part of your body by mistake then it will be considered as a wrong site surgery. A number of such instances have been noticed particularly in big hospitals where there is a chance of miscommunication. Sometimes even wrong record of the hospital about the patient may also lead to such faults.

  • Wrong patient/unnecessary surgery

Almost similar to the above situation, often in big hospitals a wrong patient is undergone surgery unnecessarily and as a result different kind of complication develops in the patient.  

Such kind of cases, deserve certain legal action against the medical professional or hospital.

  • Infection

If the hospital is negligent about sterilizing of various surgical instruments while surgery is performed, then it can lead to various contamination of disease. In case, the patient has already been suffering from compromised immune system, then it can result in infection and sepsis that can be fatal too.

  • Surgical instruments and parts left in body

Negligence is often found that doctor forgets to remove the surgical instruments after the surgery, which is a clear case of negligence on part of the doctor and his associated staff. It can create a serious complication in patients. 

  • Damage to certain internal organs

Often due to incompetence, medical professional may end up creating damage in certain organs while performing surgery. 

  • Anesthesia errors

If the anesthesia specialist is not careful enough to check complete history of the patient before application of the drug then it can have serious complications.

  • Nerve damage

A simple error of surgeon may cause certain nerve damage and as result the patient may suffer long-term problem.

  • Unnecessary surgery

Often to increase revenue few hospitals suggest unnecessary surgery that can also harm the patient.

Are surgical errors also considered medical malpractice?

All failed surgeries may not come under the preview of medical malpractice. In order to come under the category of medical malpractice, you need to prove that surgical error has happened due to negligence of medical professional and care must be taken during the surgery in the accepted standard.

Also, another medical professional of similar specialty must testify that the action taken by the defendant doctor had breached the real standard of care.