Surgeons are expected to always perform operations and procedures with the utmost care and precision. While this may be an incredibly high standard for any profession, it cannot be lowered or overlooked. When a surgeon makes even a small mistake or any behavior that could be seen as medical malpractice, it could cause the patient to suffer catastrophic injuries or even death.
Injury Law Center and our team of New Hampshire medical malpractice lawyers firmly believe in protecting a patient’s rights to safe, effective treatments. Whenever a surgical error occurs, it needs to be met swiftly with a claim for compensation. We know the urgency of the situation, as well as all the complexities that can arise, giving our clients an edge over the competition.
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During a typical surgery, even an outpatient procedure, there will be numerous points where a surgeon must be precise and uphold the highest standards of care. Each one of these moments is also a moment when a serious surgical error can occur. Establishing the validity of your claim and determining how much compensation you should be owed will rely on understanding the surgical error your doctor performed, as this can indicate cause and liability.
Some of the most common surgical errors are:
- Anesthesia errors: Most surgeries will begin with anesthesia to render the patient unconscious. Anesthesiologists must be extremely careful when administering the drug, as too much can be lethal and too little could cause the patient to wake up in the middle of the procedure.
- Incorrect operation: Failing to diagnose an injury or condition correctly could lead to a doctor recommending the wrong surgery. This surgical error is usually spurred on by the medical malpractice and negligence of a diagnosing doctor, not necessarily a surgeon.
- Wrong body part or patient: Confusing medical records can lead to serious and dangerous complications in the operation room. There are many incidents each year in the country in which a patient receives surgery on the wrong body part, like the left leg instead of the right, or the wrong patient is operated upon altogether.
- Foreign objects: One of the absolute most common surgical errors is leaving a foreign object inside a patient. Surgeons that are not paying close attention to their work may leave swabs, gauze, and even metal surgical tools inside a patient before sewing the incision or wound shut.
- No informed consent: Ideally, patients will know as much about a surgical procedure before it begins. A doctor should tell the patient about the actual procedure, risks, benefits, lingering side effects, recovery time, and so on. Informed consent can only be gained after the patient is given this information. In emergency situations, informed consent may not be necessary.
The consequences of a surgical error are usually significant. An error could cost the patient thousands to correct it but will most certainly cause the patient extensive pain and suffering that should have been entirely avoided. Let our New Hampshire medical malpractice attorneys be the legal team to provide both unmatched advocacy and real moral support during such a difficult time.
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