An alarming amount of surgical errors happen every year in the United States, including over 4,000 “never events.” Simply put, this name is given to events that should have never happened. And yet, sometimes surgeons make unthinkable mistakes. Leaving a device inside a patient. Amputating the wrong limb. Performing the wrong surgery altogether.
When these mistakes happen, the impacts can be severe, permanent, and devastating. If this sounds familiar, you might be wondering if a medical malpractice lawsuit is your next step. Read on to learn more how our medical malpractice attorneys at Ladenburg Law may be able to help.
From a moment a patient enters the hospital, there are lots of opportunities for mistakes to happen.
Here are some of the surgical errors we’ve seen that may be grounds for malpractice:
Believe it or not, this list is not exhaustive.
Surgeons go to years of medical school, and we trust that hospitals have checks and balances. So how does a mistake in the operating room even happen?
Some common risk factors include:
Often, there is more than one cause that led to a mistake. For instance, a hospital may be under-staffed, so a surgeon performs a surgery faster than normal. In the surgeon’s haste, an organ is perforated – something that should’ve never happened.
What you should know: not every bad outcome is the result of medical malpractice. Every doctor and nurse has made a mistake at some point, because they are human. Not all errors result in injuries. And not every medical error can or should result in a lawsuit.
At our initial consultation, we’ll take the time to listen to everything that happened and ask you questions. If we’re able to take your case, here are some of the things it’ll be our job to prove:
Medical malpractice lawsuits are expensive and time-consuming. But, please understand, you will only pay us a fee if we’re able to win your case. This contingency basis helps many of our clients seek justice that would not have been in a financial position to do so otherwise.
Even if it’s crystal clear that your injury was the direct result of a horrible surgical error, you can expect an uphill battle to get compensation. Doctors and hospitals will fight very hard to discredit your claim to protect their reputation and minimize their losses. Besides this, if you miss a critical deadline or procedure, your claim could be dismissed entirely.
Here are a few of the reasons you should choose Ladenburg Law to help with your surgical error malpractice case:
Rely on our expertise and years of experience bringing medical malpractice cases forward. Your doctor will have legal representation on his side. You deserve to have representation, too.
If you’ve been the victim of a surgical error, it’s important that you contact us right away. There are certain deadlines that we’ll need to meet.
We recognize that this is a difficult time in your life. You’re likely healing from the physical and emotional trauma from your surgery. Let us help take some of the burden off your plate so you can focus on getting better. Call us today or a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.