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Surgical Errors

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Any surgery has the potential to be hazardous for a patient, and it is a tragedy that many injuries that come from surgical procedures are because of surgical errors. If the surgeon or surgical staff acts negligently or makes a reckless mistake during a surgery, the patient can suffer from ruptured blood vessels, arteries, or other deadly injuries. The medical malpractice attorneys at Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC fight for the rights of these patients.

This type of medical malpractice often goes misreported by hospitals in order to conceal the actual amount of surgical errors that take place. One major way that hospitals do this is by reporting a surgeon error as a mere "complication" or side effect of the surgical procedure itself. But there is a major difference between mistakes and complication, and that difference can directly affect a patient's right to seek financial compensation.

There are many different types of surgical errors. Some of the most common include:

  • Wrong Side Surgery - Often referred to as "wrong site" surgery, this surgical error involves a surgeon operating on the wrong side of the body. An example would be removing a healthy kidney while leaving the diseased one.
  • Accidental Incisions - It only takes one small nick to cause serious internal bleeding that, if left unchecked, could kill a patient post-surgery. This type of surgical error is often labeled as a surgical complication.
  • Leaving Medical Devices Behind - Although it seems hard to believe, surgeons can and do actually leave behind medical devices such as scalpels and gauze inside a patient after surgery. Patients begin to experience severe pain due to the foreign object, and additional surgery becomes necessary.
  • Anesthesia Errors - An anesthesia error can go two ways: the anesthesiologist may not administer enough anesthesia, which can cause the pain killer to wear off too soon, or the anesthesiologist can administer too much anesthesia, which can cause permanent damage or even death.
  • Poor Sanitation - Sanitation is crucial to a successful surgery. The environment must be completely sterile in order to ensure that a patient is not exposed to harmful bacteria during surgery. One example of poor sanitation is improper storage or handling of needles and IVs, which can cause staph infections.

Many patients and their families are able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit as a result of surgical errors. Although some of these cases are initially reported as mere complications or side effects of a difficult surgery, the help of a skilled attorney can turn these cases around by proving surgeon negligence.

If you or a loved one was injured because of a surgical error, contact us today. We offer a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

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602 Virginia St E #200
Charleston, WV 25301
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