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Was Your Surgical Error Preventable?

July 29, 2015 Info Articles, Medical Malpractice

If you’re considering legal action after an unsuccessful or otherwise botched surgery, you will have to demonstrate that whatever error the surgeon or other practitioner made was preventable. You’ll need to

establish that another, reasonably competent practitioner would not have made the same mistake under similar circumstances. This may not be easy for a regular person with no medical or legal training to do, which is why working with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can be such a benefit.

No two surgeries are alike; even two similar surgeries can have widely different outcomes. Some examples of surgical errors include:

  • Operating on the wrong body part
  • Making an incision in the wrong location
  • Leaving a foreign object inside the patient
  • Injuring a nerve during surgery
  • Anesthesia errors; administering too much or too little medication

Any of these errors are clearly preventable under the criteria stated above. There are times when a surgery can result in undesirable outcome that wasn’t preventable, but often such outcomes are a result of some error.

How Do Preventable Surgical Mistakes Happen?

It’s important to remember that doctors are just regular people with special education and training. Regular people make mistakes. It’s unfortunate, and most doctors and hospitals take great care to prevent or immediately correct errors, but they happen.

Some of the more common causes of surgical errors are:

  • Doctor incompetence, inexperience or carelessness
  • Poor work procedures; skipping steps that should have been taken
  • Poor pre-operative planning
  • Poor communication in the operating room
  • Fatigue
  • Practitioner under the influence of medication, illicit drugs or alcohol

Like all people, doctors need to be held accountable for their mistakes.

If your doctor made a preventable error during your surgery, legal help may be available. Call our office to set up a free case evaluation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney: 1-800-525-8028

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