If you or a loved one has experienced an injury caused by a surgical error, the law firm of Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. can help you determine whether you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. Our surgical malpractice lawyers have recovered more than $1 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of individuals injured by the negligence of medical providers and healthcare facilities and we always fight for the maximum compensation possible for our clients. Call us today at (205) 933-1500 to schedule a free consultation and find out how we can help.
At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., our surgical error lawyers have handled virtually of surgical malpractice cases, including harm resulting from surgical errors. We have helped countless individuals throughout Alabama hold providers accountable for negligent surgical mistakes.
Medical providers and facilities will have teams of attorneys on their side to fight a surgical error lawsuit. Their insurance companies will do anything possible to deny or delay your claim. You need someone on your side to prevent them from taking advantage of you.
As a patient, you trust that your medical professionals will look out for your safety and well-being. When you are injured because a health care professional or hospital fails to provide the established standard of care, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries through a medical malpractice case.
You can get money for:
If your loved one died due to a surgical mistake, you may have a wrongful death claim. Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. will evaluate your personal injury case and help you get the maximum amount of compensation possible.
If you’ve been the victim of medical negligence, you should immediately contact an attorney. An investigation will reveal evidence that the medical provider may try to hide. We will likely have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to get the insurance company to negotiate and make a reasonable settlement offer. However, if they do not, we will take them to trial.
Having to undergo surgery is always unnerving, but you expect that your condition will improve as a result of the procedure. However, surgery errors do occur and those mistakes can lead to greater injury or even death. In fact, it may surprise many people to learn that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death United States and more than 4,000 preventable mistakes occur in surgery every year.
Many adverse surgical events are preventable and can largely be attributed to a combination of human and systems failures. The factors that commonly contributed to surgical errors include:
The term “never events” refers to particularly egregious surgical errors that should never happen to a patient and are entirely preventable. The four main types of never events are:
Not only can the occurrence of a surgical never event result in catastrophic injury to the patient, it indicates a lapse in a hospital’s patient safety protocols and culture.
The Universal Protocol for Preventing Wrong Site, Wrong Procedure, and Wrong Person Surgery was published by The Joint Commission in 2003 and it has been widely adopted by hospitals across the United States. The protocol is designed to prevent never events through a pre-procedure verification process, marking the correct operative site, and performing a timeout before beginning the surgery.
Despite the widespread implementation of the protocol, surgical never events continue to occur at alarming rates. A 2012 study by Johns Hopkins revealed that around 80,000 never events occurred in American health care facilities between 1990 and 2010. Of the 80,000 never events, 6.6 resulted in death, 32.9 percent resulted in permanent injury, and 59.2 percent resulted in temporary injury.
The study also looked at malpractice claims that arose due to surgical never events and found that payments for these errors totaled $1.3 billion. The researchers from the study reported that they believe their estimates regarding the incidence of surgical never events are likely on the low side.
Surgery does not just refer to the procedure itself, but the medical care that is provided immediately before and after. This includes everything from the administration of anesthesia in preparation for surgery to the post-operative care the patient receives while still recovering in the hospital. Surgical errors can occur during any stage of preoperative, intraoperative, or postoperative care.
Some of the most common types of surgical errors include:
If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence of a medical provider, contact our Alabama medical malpractice lawyers today at (205) 933-1500 for a free consultation and case evaluation. With law offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our attorneys will quickly travel anywhere in the state of Alabama to investigate your case.
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