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Surgical Error

Medical Malpractice Cases Involving Surgical Error

When we go in for surgery, we place our lives in the hands of the doctor and the members of their surgical team. We trust we will receive the best possible care and expect to awake from surgery without incident. Although most surgical procedures are performed without complication, bad outcomes can occur. However, there is a difference between a bad outcome (which can occur under the best of care) and a preventable surgical mistake. Unfortunately, surgical errors are often obscured by claims the complication was caused by “a known risk of the procedure.” An effective medical malpractice lawyer can determine whether this contention is or whether malpractice occurred. When serious injury or death occurs because of medical malpractice, patients and their loved ones have a right to hold health professionals responsible for their negligence.

Common Surgical Mistakes

Unfortunately, there are many things that can go wrong during surgery. Assuming surgery was appropriate and proper consent was obtained, the most common surgical mistakes include:

  • anesthesia errors
  • improper surgical technique
  • cutting or puncturing nearly organs
  • operating on the wrong body part
  • leaving behind surgical
  • failing to diagnose and treat post-operative infections
Why Surgical Errors Occur

There are numerous reasons why surgical errors may occur. The most common explanations include:

  • surgeons who are overworked and sleep deprived
  • surgeons who are in a rush
  • surgeons who are inexperienced or poorly trained
  • poor communication between surgeons, residents and other health professionals
  • failing to properly visualize the surgical field or failing to identify anatomical landmarks
  • failing to properly monitor the patient’s vital signs
Contact A Medical Malpractice Attorney For A Surgical Error 

Whether a surgical complication is the result of medical malpractice is often a complicated question. Therefore, it is critical to contact a medical malpractice attorney with the knowledge, skill, and dedication to effectively prosecute your case. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury or wrongful death from a potential surgical error, we invite you to contact Chicago Medical Malpractice lawyer Jason M. Kroot of Kroot Law, LLC, for a free consultation.

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