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Most Common Surgical Errors

Oct 13, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

If you have suffered from a serious personal injury or lost a loved one because of a surgical error, it is in your best interest to reach out to the Alabama medical malpractice lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at (205) 933-1500. We may be able to help you recover compensation to pay for your damages.

Before a surgical procedure, most people feel anxious and scared. However, they place a great deal of trust in the experience, training, and skills of their surgeons. Unfortunately, surgeons are humans who make mistakes and can make surgical errors.

Some of the most common surgical errors that occur include:

Anesthesia Errors-

If a medical professional uses the wrong dose of anesthetic, a patient may experience extreme pain, complications, or even wrongful death. When not enough anesthetic is used, a patient may wake up in the middle of a surgery or be awake during their procedure but lose the ability to move or speak. In the event too much anesthetic is used, a patient may suffer from an anesthesia overdose, which often results in serious injury or death. Improperly intubating the patient, failing to monitor the patient’s vital signs, and using defective medical equipment can also cause anesthesia errors.

Wrong Surgical Procedure-

A surgeon may perform the wrong surgical procedure if there has been a paperwork mix-up or some form of miscommunication. When a patient undergoes the wrong surgical procedure, they are likely to suffer from their condition and face discomfort, injuries, and trauma that they would not have experienced if the right procedure had been performed.

Foreign Object Left in Patient-

If a surgeon leaves a foreign object inside of a patient’s body, the patient may suffer from infection, discomfort, and in some cases – death. Gauze, tongs, sponges, towels, and other surgical tools are all examples of foreign objects that may be left inside of the body of a patient.

Nerve Damage or Internal Organ Damage-

A surgeon’s lack of caution may leave a patient with permanent nerve damage or internal organ damage. Surgeons must make every effort to remain alert and careful while performing any type of medical procedure to avoid these issues.

Wrong Site or Wrong Side Surgery-

Sometimes a surgeon will conduct the correct surgery on the incorrect side or incorrect area of a patient’s body. Whether they’ve operated on a patient’s arm rather than their leg or removed their left kidney instead of their right one, this error is very serious and can lead to excruciatingly painful complications.

Surgical Errors

In the majority of cases, a surgeon and their staff members will adhere to a standard protocol before, during, and after any surgery. Sadly, even with this standard protocol, surgical errors can still arise due to factors such as:

  • Impaired or fatigued surgeons and staff members
  • A lack of training of surgeons, nurses, or other medical staff members
  • Miscommunication
  • A surgical center’s failure to maintain its equipment
  • Incompetence
  • Neglect

How a Medical Malpractice Claim Can Help You Recover

If you believe a surgical error has caused your injury or taken the life of a loved one, our medical malpractice lawyers can help. We’ll examine your medical and surgical center records, interview any surgeons or staff members that were involved in the procedure, and determine whether a surgical error did occur. In the event that it did, our attorneys will file a medical malpractice claim so that you may collect compensation for your damages.

Contact the Surgical Error Lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. Today

If you’ve lost a loved one because of a surgical error, we may be able to file a wrongful death claim so that you can alleviate some of the financial burden your loved one’s death has left you with. We’ll make sure your rights are protected, and we may be able to assist you in collecting compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one is the victim of surgical error, you should contact the experienced Alabama medical malpractice lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. at (205) 933-1500 today. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our attorneys will quickly travel to investigate the details of your case and may be able to help you obtain compensation for your damages.