When you undergo surgery, there are some inherent risks. Surgical errors should not be one of them. Sadly, this type of medical malpractice is not nearly as uncommon as you might think. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed through surgical errors. If you have lost a loved one due to medical negligence, one of our West Virginia wrongful death attorney is prepared to take your case and fight to get you the justice you deserve.
Types of Surgical Errors
Surgical errors may occur due to poor preoperative planning. This can include a surgeon neglecting to look at a patient’s medical history, medication use, or other relevant factors. However, by and large, surgical errors occur in the operating room.
Common causes of surgical errors include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Incorrect incisions
- Wrong-site surgery
- Unsterilized medical equipment
- Over or under-medication
- Surgeon error such as damage to surrounding organs and tissue
- Unnecessarily prolonged surgery.
Following surgery, substandard aftercare can also result in complications such as septic shock, infection, and poor wound healing. Like errors made before and during surgery, these aftercare complications can lead to serious injury and even death.
Holding the Medical Community Accountable
Surgeons have an obligation to provide the best medical services available to every patient. When they fail in this duty and injure or kill a patient, they must be held accountable for medical negligence.
Medical malpractice attorney Jim Leach has years of experience holding negligent medical professionals accountable. Representing victims and their families, our attorney know exactly what needs to be done to prove liability in surgical error cases and get you the full compensation you are due.
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed due to a surgical error in West Virginia or Ohio, including the areas of Parkersburg, Charleston, Morgantown, Huntington, Wheeling, Belpre, and Athens, please contact Jim Leach Attorneys at Law to schedule a free initial case evaluation today.