Surgical Errors

Working on Behalf of Medical Malpractice Victims

Mistakes in the operating room are alarmingly more common than most would expect. Many of these are unthinkable actions that surgeons should never make, such as operating on the wrong body part or losing surgical equipment inside a patient’s body. Preventable surgical errors are medical malpractice that may cause patients tremendous amounts of pain and suffering.

Surgery is emotionally and physically difficult, and having to undergo extra operations due to medical negligence only adds to this strain. The Columbia injury lawyers of Proffitt & Cox, LLP provide legal assistance for victims of surgical errors and can investigate and pursue your claim. Attorneys David Proffitt and Ron Cox have held negligent medical professionals accountable for surgical errors and other medical malpractice throughout their careers, including a recovery of $3 million for a victim who suffered a post-surgical infection.


How Birth Injuries Can Occur

A study led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that surgeons make significant mistakes over 4,000 times a year. Nearly one-third of patients suffered permanent injury from these errors, and almost 60 percent suffered temporary injury. A study led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that surgeons make significant mistakes over 4,000 times a year.Some doctors suggest that the errors reported in the study are likely only a small portion of the total number of mistakes, since most states do not require medical professionals to report surgical errors.

Many errors that happen during surgery involve simple miscommunications that can cause severe consequences. Medical professionals or the hospital staff may enter information into a database incorrectly as well as mix up patient medical records, X-rays or other test results. They can even confuse two patients with similar names.

What are Types of Preventable Surgical Errors?

Some of the more common surgical errors are:

  • Leaving a foreign object in the body
  • Performing the wrong procedure
  • Operating on the wrong part of the body
  • Operating on the wrong patient
  • Puncturing internal organs or unnecessarily harming the patient during surgery

Other serious mistakes related to surgery include anesthesia errors, such as giving the patient too much anesthesia or failing to monitor patient vital signs, and negligence in administering post-operation care, which can cause serious infections or other conditions.


What to Do if You Believe a Surgical Error Caused Your Injury

If you suffered from a surgical error, you may be able to hold the surgeons or other medical professionals accountable for the complications they caused. Committing medical malpractice is a serious offense, and the hospital staff must act in accordance of the medical-accepted standards of care at all times before, during and after surgery. Preventable mistakes can cause severe medical problems as well as the wrongful death of someone you love.

We can help you recover what you need to pay for the unnecessary medical expenses and losses you suffered caused by medical malpractice. Contact our South Carolina law firm today by calling us at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 to find out how our Columbia injury attorneys can assist you.

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