St. Petersburg Surgical Error Lawyer
Of the many types of medical malpractice cases, those involving surgical errors have some of the most devastating consequences. Injured parties are almost always required to undergo additional surgeries, take more time off from work, and in some situations, struggle with debilitating pain for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, victims of surgical errors can recover damages to compensate them for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, so if you were injured when your attending doctor or nurse made a medical error, it is critical to retain a St. Petersburg surgical error lawyer who has the experience and resources to help you seek compensation for your losses.
What are Surgical Errors?
Even those of us who don’t have extensive medical knowledge recognize that even minor surgical procedures are complicated and often come with serious side effects, even in successful cases. For this reason, patients are required to acknowledge and accept the risks of surgery before undergoing procedures. There are some injuries, however, that are not attributable to the complexity of a procedure, but to the neglect or recklessness of the attending physician, nurse, or other medical professional. When this happens, injured patients are often eligible to collect compensation from the at-fault parties or the hospital.
While there are a number of mistakes that could constitute a surgical error, there are certain types that are more common than others. For instance, a number of studies have revealed that nearly 75 percent of surgical errors occur not during pre or post-operation care, but during the surgery itself when:
- A surgeon leaves a surgical instrument inside the patient’s body;
- A surgeon performs surgery on the wrong patient;
- A surgeon operates on the wrong body part;
- An anesthesiologist miscalculates when administering anesthesia, which resulted in oxygen deprivation to the patient;
- The surgical instruments used during the procedure are not sterile, which caused an infection; or
- A surgeon fails to use proper techniques or procedures during surgery or during birth.
It is not uncommon for patients to initially be unaware that an error was made during their surgical procedure until symptoms begin manifesting days or even weeks later. For this reason, patients who undergo surgery are encouraged to keep an eye out for certain symptoms that could indicate that a surgical error was made, including fever and chills, intense pain at the site of surgery, or redness or swelling near their wound.
Even if a doctor made a surgical error, he or she will not necessarily be held liable for it, unless the mistake was especially egregious, such as leaving an instrument inside a patient’s body. Instead, the injured party will still need to demonstrate that their surgeon’s actions fell below the standard of care that a healthcare professional with the same training and experience in the same geographical area would have taken under similar circumstances. Plaintiffs will then need to prove that the physician or nurse’s actions led to an injury, after which, they could be able to recover damages compensating them for additional medical procedures, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
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To speak with one of the dedicated St. Petersburg medical malpractice lawyers at Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. about your own case, please call 727-325-2696 or complete one of our brief online contact forms today.