Surgical errors are just one facet of medical malpractice. They can be destructive to an individual’s life, potentially leaving them with injuries. Below are some of the most common types of surgical errors for which you may be able to seek compensation.
5 Types of Surgical Errors
1. Wrong Site
These cases, many of which make the national news, are especially damaging, as the patient still requires surgery to correct the original issue. In rare cases, some patients have had the wrong limb amputated, or had negligent surgeons remove the wrong organ entirely.
2. Wrong Patient
A mistake in paperwork can cause patients to receive care intended for someone else, potentially resulting in serious long-term complications. In these instances, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the hospital, the staff, and anyone else who should have noticed the error before surgery began.
As a constant risk in any surgery, infections may occur regardless of the surgical team’s efforts to prevent them. However, unsanitary conditions or improper cleaning protocols dramatically increase the chances of infection, potentially rising to the level of medical malpractice.
4. Forgotten Implements
Months after surgery, some patients discover the surgeon has left gauze, sponges, or even metal tools inside of their bodies. In addition to increasing the chances of infection, these serious errors can also result in permanent damage to organs and other tissues, which may require lifelong medical care.
5. Organ or Tissue Damage
Surgery is a delicate process, and no one is perfect. However, if a surgeon is careless, they could perforate delicate organ tissue, leading to long-term health problems and potentially life-threatening complications.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a careless surgeon, The Law Office of Gregory S. Young, LPA has the expertise and resources to help you pursue justice. Since 1958, they’ve helped medical malpractice victims throughout the Greater Cincinnati area collect the compensation they deserve. Visit their website to find your nearest location, call (513) 721-1077 to schedule a free case evaluation, and follow their Twitter for legal tips and updates.