Surgical Error Attorneys
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Surgical errors are a common form of medical malpractice that pose a high risk of danger to patients. An error made during surgery can have catastrophic results that often lead to long-lasting effects or death.
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If you or someone you love has suffered because of a surgical error, you may be entitled to compensation. The surgical error attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs have decades of medical and legal experience fighting for the rights of those affected by medical malpractice.
Frequently Asked Questions About Surgical Errors
Q: How do surgical errors commonly happen?
A: Surgeries are complicated, requiring significant care, attention, and preparation from all of the medical professionals involved. Surgical errors can happen for any number of reasons, including insufficient preoperative planning, improper processes, poor communication between hospital staff, fatigue, and even operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In some cases, surgical errors are the result of negligence or incompetence by the surgeon or other medical professionals.
Q: What are some common types of surgical errors?
A: Common surgical errors include causing severe damage to the tissue surrounding the operation site, leaving surgical instruments inside patients, causing infections, making an error while applying anesthesia, and neglecting a patient’s allergies, among other possible mistakes which can cause painful and costly complications.
Q: What is a surgical error lawsuit, and what must be proven for medical malpractice?
A: A surgical error malpractice lawsuit is a legal action filed against the surgeon, medical professional, or hospital responsible for the negligence which led to the injuries. To prevail in a surgical error malpractice lawsuit, it will need to be proven that the medical professional breached their professional standard of care and that their actions directly caused the injuries, which resulted in damages.
Q: What can you recover in a surgical error lawsuit?
A: A surgical error malpractice lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for the damages incurred as a result of the negligent actions of a medical professional or hospital during the surgery. These can include medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and compensation for the generally diminished quality of life.
Q: How can a surgical error lawyer help with your claim?
A: A surgical error lawyer will file a claim against the medical professionals responsible for causing the injuries associated with the surgery. They negotiate with the insurance company in order to recover a fair and reasonable settlement. Should a settlement not result, they will represent you in court, presenting a strong case on your behalf to the jury.
Our Dedicated Legal and Medical Division
The Medical/Legal Division of Janet, Janet & Suggs has decades of experience helping individuals and families. Our experts can navigate medical records, recognize errors and help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Howard Janet is one of the nation’s top plaintiffs’ medical malpractice attorneys and has uncovered medical mistakes other lawyers have missed, recovering record-breaking results throughout much of the country. He is the author of multiple books, including “Navigating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Representing Plaintiffs in Medical Malpractice Cases” where he was the lead author, and “Patients’ Rights and Doctors’ Wrongs — Secrets to a Safer Pregnancy and Childbirth” with Dr. Giles Manley.
Ken Suggs has long been considered one of the nation’s premier medical negligence trial lawyers and served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as the American Association of Justice), the leading national plaintiff’s bar association. He is a relentless advocate for his clients.
Giles Manley, M.D., a board-certified physician, practiced medicine for 20 years before becoming a medical malpractice attorney. The value his medical knowledge and experience brings to his clients' cases is priceless.
Gerald Jowers represents patients harmed by medical malpractice, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. He has produced extraordinary results for clients and their families, both at the settlement table and in the courtroom.
Why Do Surgical Errors Happen?
Surgery is a complicated process that poses a high risk to the patient, which is why most hospitals ensure that their surgeons are highly qualified and responsible medical professionals. However, even the best surgeons can make preventable errors that permanently injure or even kill their patients.
Surgical errors can happen for any number of reasons. Some of the most common causes of errors are:
- Staff distracted in the operating room
- Not following reliable protocols
- Rushing to complete the surgery, or taking shortcuts
- Insufficient staffing
- Taking action without complete assessments or testing
- Not verifying the surgical site
- Mislabeling specimens
- Inadequate staff training and education leading to incompetence
- Broken, damaged, or defective equipment
- Insufficient preoperative or postoperative planning
- Improper procedures
- Poor communication between hospital staff, or between staff and the patient
- Staff fatigue
- Other forms of negligence
Surgeons hold the lives of patients in their hands and are expected to perform surgery with a certain level of care. Losing a loved one or suffering an injury because of the negligence of a medical professional is devastating and requires action to be taken. Contact our attorneys if you were injured or lost a loved one due to an avoidable mistake.
Examples of Surgical Errors
A surgical error is any preventable mistake that occurred during surgery. While rare, they do occur and can yield terrible consequences. Common surgical errors include:
- Wrong surgical site, patient, or body part
- Robotic surgery causing accidental hemorrhage
- Severely damaging the tissue surrounding the operation site
- Leaving a foreign object inside the patient such as gauze or a scalpel
- Causing infections
- Making an error while applying anesthesia such as too much or too little
- Neglecting a patient’s allergies
Verdicts and Settlements
We have obtained multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of individuals who have suffered from surgical errors. These verdicts and settlements have helped individuals and their families pay for medical bills, compensate them for their pain and suffering, and supplement earnings lost as a result of the injury.
Consequences of a Surgical Error
A mistake that occurs during surgery can result in loss of life or permanent disability. The outcomes of surgical errors often result in:
- Prolonged hospital stay
- Unintended injuries
- Physical disability
- Permanent loss of function
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord damage
- Losing the use of a limb
- Long-lasting infections
- Long-lasting or permanent complications
- Psychological distress
Medical malpractice is a serious issue that can cause permanent and debilitating injuries. If you are a victim of a botched surgery, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for any injuries or complications that occurred. The surgical error attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs are experienced in holding negligent surgeons and hospitals accountable for their mistakes.
How Our Surgical Error Attorneys Can Help
Unfortunately, errors happen all too often in hospital operations and procedures. A study conducted in 2016 at Johns Hopkins Medicine ranks medical malpractice as the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Hospitals are routinely brought into the legal spotlight by patients and their families over errors that are made by staff members or unsafe practices. Hospitals have a team of legal and medical professionals ready to defend their interests and oppose any claim that the facility is liable for negligence or malpractice.
By retaining our experienced surgical error attorneys, you will have our dedicated medical/legal staff devoted to building your claim by:
- Conducting an investigation into the surgeon for any past malpractice lawsuits or infractions
- Researching the history of the hospital where the surgical error occurred to determine if there is a history of surgical errors
- Providing our own medical specialists that can testify on your behalf to support your claim
Our surgical error attorneys will fight to prove that your claim is justified and that the surgeon committed a mistake that affected your well-being. Do not hesitate to contact our offices for a free consultation.
Locations We Serve
At Janet, Janet & Suggs, we have a team of medical malpractice lawyers that serves clients throughout Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. We have also been granted permission to practice in many more states with court approval.
Contact Us Before Your Time Runs Out
Each state has a different statute of limitations. In addition to the deadline for filing a case, many states require claimants to complete initial steps within even shorter deadlines, especially if the treatment occurred at a public hospital. If you miss the deadlines in your state, you will lose your opportunity to file a case and recover compensation. If contacted quickly, our surgical error lawyers can help determine the deadlines and regulations of your state and ensure your case is filed in time.
Our attorneys will provide you with a free consultation to review your claim and determine if you have a case. We will devote the full resources of our legal department to help support your claim and bring those who caused you harm or the loss of a loved one to justice. Contact the surgical error team at Janet, Janet & Suggs today for a free, no-obligation consultation.