Were You Or A Loved One Injured During Surgery?
When errors happen on the operating table, an injury attorney holds surgeons accountable
There are few medical procedures as potentially frightening as surgery. Going under the knife means trusting your surgeon and supporting staff to take care of you without causing long-term injury. When mistakes happen during surgery, serious injuries can follow, often requiring additional surgery to correct the error. You may have sustained an injury, or you may even be mourning the loss of a loved one who died on the operating table.
Surgery is so complex that some mistakes are unavoidable - but there are many steps hospitals can take to keep patients safer. When they don't, you have a right to be fairly compensated for your losses. You need an experienced surgical error lawyer on your side. Schweickert & Ganassin, LLP can help.
Our legal team handles big, complex cases
Many surgical errors are so-called "never events," which means they should never happen in a hospital that is taking appropriate steps to ensure patient safety. When these "never events" happen, they give rise to legitimate medical malpractice claims by the injured patient. Some examples of these highly avoidable errors include:
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Performing the wrong procedure
- Leaving an object inside the patient's body
Other events are not completely preventable, but hospitals still need to take appropriate steps to protect their patients. For instance, the hospital is responsible for sterilizing and cleaning surgical equipment to prevent infection. Physicians need to communicate about a patient's known allergies and medication interactions to limit the risk of a poor reaction to anesthesia.
What's particularly frustrating about many surgical mistakes is that they could easily be avoided. Hospitals that implement simple checklists in the operating room, for instance, see significantly fewer surgical errors. When medical professionals don't meet their standard of care in the operating room, patients are at serious risk of complications such as brain damage, infection and even death.
Surgical errors lead to complex legal cases. Experience matters.
Medical malpractice cases arising from surgery can be complex because of the number of medical professionals involved in any given surgery. There may be multiple liable parties who will attempt to shift the blame to each other. The process of claiming damages - financial compensation for costs such as additional procedures needed to correct the error - can take years.
That's why it's so important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you suspect anything went wrong during your surgery. We have more than 120 years' combined experience handling complex injury cases. You'll feel confident knowing our legal team and retained medical and legal experts will thoroughly investigate your surgery to prove your injury was the result of doctor and/or hospital's negligence.
Take back control. Turn to a law firm that gets big results for victims of medical malpractice. Call (866) 604-9075 for your free consultation.