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Surgical Error Lawyers
Surgery may be frightening, whether it is an outpatient procedure or a major operation that necessitates hospitalization. Patients frequently feel secure during surgery – they trust their surgeon since he or she has considerable expertise in surgical procedures. When a surgical error is made, patients and their families are left wondering how such a blunder could have occurred. Consider the experience of Texas Personal Injury Lawyers, for legal counsel if you or someone you care about has been injured as a result of a surgical error.
If you or a loved one had surgery and suffered injury as a result of a surgical error, we recommend that you contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation. Our specialists can assist you in evaluating your position and providing legal counsel.
Surgical Error Lawsuits
Texas Personal Injury Lawyers investigate claims involving the following sorts of surgical errors:
- Objects left behind.
- Patients who were operated on the wrong side or part of their body.
- Cases where patients underwent the wrong surgery altogether.
- Infections contracted due to surgical procedures.
- Falls during surgery.
- Medication errors due to surgery.
Surgical Harm Done To Patients
Surgical mistakes, or errors, are known as “never events” among several doctors. That’s because serious surgical errors aren’t supposed to happen.
The term “never event” was coined in 2001 by a former CEO of the National Quality Forum. Originally, the phrase referred to surgical errors that were particularly bad, such as operating on the wrong body part on a patient’s body.
The National Quality Forum’s never-event list now includes three criteria:
- The surgical error should be a clearly identifiable mistake.
- The surgical mistake generally results in a serious disability or death.
- The surgical slipup usually could have been prevented.
The list, which is broken down into seven categories, comprises 29 different sorts of surgical errors. These categories cover surgical, medical devices, and case management mistakes.
Surgical errors can include operating on the incorrect patient or body part, as well as performing the wrong surgery on a particular patient. Other surgical errors include leaving a foreign object inside the patient following surgery
An example of a surgical error that involves a device is when one or more unclean tools are used. As a result, the patient may contract a dangerous infection.
A medication mistake is one example of a case management error. The mistake might be in the dosage or the wrong drug entirely, or it may be due to a defective delivery method, such as a pill instead of an injection.
Objects Left In Your Body
After an operation, foreign objects may be left inside the patient. Surgically retained bodies are one kind of foreign object.
Surgical sponges, clamps, retractors, drains, and electrodes are examples of retained surgical bodies. These foreign objects might be fatal if left in patients after surgery. As a result, patients may have to undergo additional operations to remove them.
Patients may suffer problems from these foreign bodies right away, or they may not realize that a foreign object has been put inside them for many months or years.
Unfortunately, this surgical mistake happens more frequently than you may believe. According to some researchers, around 1,500 people are affected by retained surgical bodies each year.
Are you a patient dealing with the consequences of surgically retained bodies?
For a free consultation on your legal alternatives, contact Texas Personal Injury Lawyers.
Retained surgical bodies might cause the following problems:
- Severe infections
- Perforation of internal organs
- Device migration
- Internal bleeding
Some problems may be resolved by another surgery alone.
Infections From Surgery
Patients who are undergoing surgery run the danger of contracting an infection. The infection sometimes starts at the surgical site.
According to certain experts, surgical site infections that occur within a month after surgery are linked to serious complications or death. Infections can affect only the skin surrounding an incision, or they can spread deeper tissues and internal organs.
Infections of any kind can lead to longer hospital stays, additional medical or surgical procedures and lab work, and greater medical expenses.
Falls During Surgery
When you think about surgical errors, you might not think about the prospect of a patient falling off the operating table. This does happen, despite what you may have heard.
When you first think about it, a fall from an operating table may seem impossible. Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is a flat tabletop.
Operating tables, on the other hand, are sophisticated medical equipment that tilts. Researchers from one study offered a suggestion for making operating tables safer. They proposed adding extra support to patients when surgeons need to adjust the tilting mechanism of the operating table.
The researchers recognize that when patients fall off the operating table, the consequences can be deadly. Patients have died in some circumstances as a result of this.
At the very least, falls off operating tables may result in damage, as well as extended hospital stays.
Medication Errors During Surgery
Medication errors right before, during, and after surgery are more prevalent than you may imagine. According to research published in the HARVARD Gazette, medication errors of one sort or another occur half the time during operations. That is to say that one out of every two operations results in a medication error.
According to that Harvard study, almost 80% of medication mistakes might have been avoided. Inaccurate labelling, incorrect dosing, and missed monitoring in delivering medicine to improve vital signs are among the examples of medication errors identified by researchers.
Operation On The Wrong Body Part Or Patient
We’ve all heard at least one shocking story about a surgeon performing an operation on a patient’s left limb when it should have been the right, or vice versa.
Perhaps the patient’s left arm was amputated instead of the right. Or perhaps a lady’s right breast was removed instead of her cancerous left breast.
Surgical errors, however, do not stop there. In some cases, a surgeon performed the incorrect technique on a patient or conducted surgery on the wrong individual.
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, these types of surgical mistakes are known as “wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors.” The agency cited the following several instances:
- The left side of a woman’s vulva was removed by a surgeon instead of the right; cancer had grown on the left.
- A neurosurgeon may operate on the incorrect portion, or level, of a patient’s spine.
- A cardiac operation was done on the wrong patient by a surgeon; both patients shared similar last names.
Hospitals may have taken precautions to prevent such errors in surgical operations. However, severe surgical errors continue to occur.
People Who Suffered As A Result Of Surgical Error Deserve Compensation
Texas Personal Injury Lawyers can assist you if you or a loved one underwent a surgical operation and suffered significant injury as the result of one or more surgical errors.
Contacting a skilled surgical error lawyer, such as one of our medical malpractice attorneys at Texas Personal Injury Lawyers, is your first step in obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve.
You may be eligible for compensation for pain and suffering, as well as missed income and medical expenses, based on your unique circumstances. We are here to help you get the assistance you need.
Surgical error claims may appear overwhelming. Texas Personal Injury Lawyers can promise you that we will be there for you every step of the way until you get the justice and the compensation you deserve.
Get Compensation For Physical And Emotional Issues
You could be dealing with not only significant physical difficulties as a result of your medical condition but also emotional and financial issues. However, you do not have to go through this by yourself. You may be entitled to economic damages, pain and suffering, lost income, medical expenses, non-economic damages, and others.
We strongly encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.
Please feel free to give us a call at (888) 997-2148 if you have any questions. One of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.
Texas Personal Injury Lawyers have the skills and resources to battle with the large hospitals and surgeons who work there on a wide variety of medical malpractice claims. When patients need our help but do not receive it from the medical establishments with all of their advantages, we fight for them.
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