Surgical Errors - Malpractice
As Miami medical malpractice attorneys we understand operative errors or surgeon malpractice can include, among other injury producing mistakes: (1) operating on the wrong body part (e.g., (a) orthopedic surgeon cuts open right leg when he should have been operating on the left leg, or (b) brain surgeon cuts open the left side of the brain when the tumor was on the right side of the patient’s brain, or (c) surgeon removes wrong breast of woman suffering from breast cancer, among other examples); (2) cutting or severing a nerve and causing permanent nerve damage or paralysis, hemi-paresis (paralysis of one side of the body), paraplegia or quadriplegia; (3) cutting an organ, blood vessel, artery or vein so as to cause life threatening internal bleeding; (4) failing to promptly identify the source of internal bleeding and stop the bleeding, (5) causing ugly and disfiguring scarring such as in the case of improperly performed plastic surgery; (6) leaving foreign objects such as surgical sponges, pins, blades, clips, gauze, cotton or other medical instruments or foreign bodies inside a patient (aka “retained foreign body cases”); (7) transplanting tissue or organs from an improper donor with the wrong blood type or transfusing the wrong type of blood or contaminated blood (8) failing to have blood on hand for timely transfusions (See transfusion errors) (9) allowing patients to suffer preventable infections or failing to make a timely diagnosis and render timely treatment of infection; and (10) generally failing to properly monitor and treat the patient before, during and after the surgery.
Surgery has the potential to afford great healing or cause great harm. By its very nature, surgery carries inherent risk to the patient even when properly performed. Yet, when surgeons do not do all that they can and should to avoid adding to that already significant risk, it strikes us as especially egregious. However, not all poor results in surgery are the result of malpractice.
In order to determine whether a terrible result was caused by terrible medical treatment, it is essential to have an experienced malpractice attorney evaluate your case to see if you or a family member were the victims of surgical negligence.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a surgical error and you would like to speak with an experienced malpractice attorney, please contact us to speak to one of the attorneys at Boyers Law Group for a free consultation about your legal rights.