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Surgical Malpractice

When you signed the surgical or anesthesia consent form to undergo a surgical procedure that was supposed to make you feel better, the last thing on your mind was that the surgery was going to leave you worse instead of better. Unfortunately, errors during surgery do happen and they can significantly impact your life as well as the lives of your family and loved ones.

Surgical errors are listed as “Never Events”, by the National Quality Forum. In other words, surgical errors should not happen but somehow they still occur. Because there are so many surgery mistakes occurring each year, the Joint Commission, the organization that gives hospitals their accreditation, developed a “Universal Protocol” that requires every surgeon, nurse, nurse anesthetist, surgical technician or anyone else involved in a surgery to take a time-out to confirm the right patient and right surgical procedure, in addition to completing a surgical check-list prior to any surgery. Some of the more common surgical procedures that lead to complications are:

  • Caesarian section (C/S) or a C-section
  • Hernia repairs
  • Vaginal mesh surgery
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Heart or cardiothoracic procedures
  • Cardiac catheterizations
  • Plastic or cosmetic surgery
  • Tonsil and adenoid surgery
  • Gastroschisis surgery
  • Congenital heart defect surgery
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) or ventricular septal defect (VSD) repairs
  • Surgery on an infant or child
  • Gynecological or GYN surgery
  • Laparoscopic procedures
  • Arthroscopic procedures
  • Orthopedic or broken bone surgery
  • Knee, hip or shoulder replacements
  • Carpal tunnel repair
  • Bowel obstruction repair
  • Podiatry or foot surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Eye surgery

All too often, we hear in the news about a patient that underwent a surgical procedure and a sponge, needle, surgical instrument, lap pad, towel or retractor was left inside of them after the surgery. Other times, there was an anesthesia mistake or medication error that caused a devastating injury. Even more frightening, is when we hear about a patient who caught on fire or was burned during surgery. All of these incidents are considered surgical errors. Any surgical or anesthesia mistake can lead to:

  • Blindness
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Quadriplegia
  • Brain damage or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Heart damage or myocardial infarction (MI)
  • Blood clots or pulmonary emboli (PE)
  • Paraplegia
  • Wrong body part amputated
  • Nerve damage
  • Wrong or healthy organ removed
  • Organ damage
  • Severe burns
  • Wrong body part operated on
  • Chronic pain
  • Internal bleeding or hemorrhage
  • Stroke
  • Infection or sepsis
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Death

Any mistake in an operating room, post anesthesia care unit (PACU) or recovery room can lead to the need for an additional surgery, on-going pain, suffering and financial difficulties. Here at the nationally known Beasley surgical malpractice law firm, we have a team of nurses and doctors on staff that fully understand how surgical errors or anesthesia drug mistakes can happen even if the information is not written in the medical record, anesthesia record or operative note. To date, we have been awarded over $2 billion on behalf of our injured clients. If you or a loved one is suffering due to a mistake during a surgical procedure please feel free to contact one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys, physicians or nurses at 1.888.823.5291 for a strictly confidential and free consultation.