Going in for a surgical procedure can be a stressful and even frightening experience for anyone. One important factor that may help ease the worries of many people facing surgery is that they have an experienced and reliable medical professional performing the procedure. While doctors can make errors like any other human being, they are held to a high standard of care when providing medical treatment to patients. If they fail to meet that standard of care, injured patients can hold them liable for their negligence by filing a medical malpractice claim.
One common type of medical malpractice claim stems from surgical errors. Botched surgery can result in severe complications for patients, which often require extensive additional medical treatment including hospitalization and subsequent corrective surgeries. Anyone who suffers injury due to a mistake during surgery should discuss their situation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. The following are some of the common forms of negligence that can lead to surgical errors:
Surgeons who are impaired – Doctors often work long hours and can easily become fatigued. However, surgery requires extreme focus and concentration, which fatigued can significantly impair. If a doctor performs an operation while overly fatigued and makes a harmful error, it will likely constitute medical malpractice in many situations. Furthermore, it is completely unacceptable for any doctor to perform a surgery while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and such doctors should always be held responsible for such dangerous behavior.
Inadequate surgical preparation – Before a surgery, a doctor should fully examine a patient’s medical history including medication allergies, prior surgeries, and any other information that may cause complications during the procedure. If you suffered complications because a doctor did not adequately prepare and research the procedure, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.
Performing the wrong procedure – Almost everyone has heard of the nightmare in which a patient wakes up to find that a doctor has amputated the wrong body part. While incorrect amputations are not common, it is a regular occurrence that doctors perform incorrect procedures. For example, a doctor may mix up medical charts and perform the wrong surgery on the wrong patient. Surgeons may also operate on the incorrect body part and patients can suffer severe unnecessary injuries as a result.
Unqualified surgical team – Surgeons are required to have adequate education and thorough training before they can perform a surgery on their own. If a doctor performs a procedure without the proper training and without supervision, they can be held negligent if they make a harmful error. Additionally, all surgical assistants or anyone else participating in the procedure should also have the necessary training to avoid mistakes and unnecessary injuries to the patient.
Improper sterilization – It is highly important that any person or tools involved in a surgical procedure be fully and properly sterilized. Lack of sterilization in the surgery room can easily lead to infection and other injuries for patients that often require additional hospitalization and treatment. Contamination of tools or professionals can also lead to the transmission of disease.
Leaving objects inside a patient – Surgeries require many different tools, including clamps, forceps, surgical sponges, and much more. It is a surprisingly frequent occurrence for doctors or surgical teams to accidentally leave a foreign object inside of a patient. This often requires a patient to have the item surgically removed and serious complications may exist if they do not find out about the item for a period of time.
Inadequate post-surgery care – Providing proper care following a surgery is often as important as the care during the procedure. Patients must be monitored for any signs of infection or complications and, if inadequate care results in preventable complications, they can hold the medical professionals responsible for their negligence following an operation.
At the Dolman Law Group in St. Petersburg, Florida, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys know how to hold medical professional liable for their surgical errors. If you believe you have been the victims of any type of medical malpractice, call our office at 727-222-6922 to discuss your case for free as soon as possible.
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