Charleston Surgical Error Attorneys

Learning that you need surgery is never good news. Any type of surgery can prove stressful—for both the mind and body. The stress of knowing the inherent risks of anesthesia and surgical procedures can plague you for days before the procedure, and recovery from surgery can hurt and tax your physical and mental states.

One thing you should trust is that your surgeon is capable and attentive and will not make any errors during a surgery that result in unexpected complications and injuries. Unfortunately, too many surgical patients learn the hard way that surgical errors do occur and can result in long-term and costly losses.

If your surgeon made a mistake that caused you injury, always discuss your legal rights with an attorney who has experience handling this type of case. Complex, technical medical malpractice claims require particular knowledge of this area of law. The Hughey Law Firm has represented the rights of clients who suffered surgical injuries in both South Carolina and Georgia, so please call to discuss your legal options today.

Type of Surgical Injuries and Errors

Much can go wrong during major operations, but even minimally invasive, relatively minor surgeries can go wrong due to doctor error. For example, laparoscopic gallbladder removal has been the subject of surgical error cases more and more. Surgeons use a small incision and special tools to remove a gallbladder with minimal bleeding and recovery time. However, mistakes can cause toxic bile to leak into a patient’s abdomen, leaving gallbladder removal patients with life-threatening medical conditions that can require extended hospitalizations, additional surgeries, and even lifelong damage.

Gallbladder removal surgery is only one example of when a surgical error can lead to costly, painful, and even frightening medical complications. Additional injuries that can result from surgical or post-surgical mistakes include:

  • Nicked arteries
  • Perforated organs
  • Uncontrolled hemorrhaging
  • Infections
  • Waking up during a procedure
  • Incisions that later open
  • Nerve injuries
  • Acute kidney injury

Some surgical patients suffer complications and injuries simply due to their body’s reaction to a procedure. If an injury could not have been avoided and is not the fault of a surgeon or member of the surgical team, a patient is generally responsible for the costs of treating those injuries.

On the other hand, numerous surgical injuries take place because a medical professional made some type of serious error during the surgical process. Everyone makes honest mistakes—but when a doctor’s mistake breaches the duty of care owed to a patient, it constitutes medical malpractice. Victims of such medical malpractice have important legal rights to hold the doctor accountable for the costs of their injuries.

Examples of surgical errors that may constitute medical malpractice follow:

  • Improper preparation – Prior to any surgery, a doctor should become thoroughly familiar with the medical history of the patient and identify any possible risks. A doctor who does not prepare properly for the surgery may make serious, negligent mistakes.
  • Operating while impaired – Many surgeons work long shifts and may become overly fatigued. In addition, you may be shocked to learn that some surgeons may even operate after drinking or taking mind-altering drugs. Any impairment can cause a surgeon to make life-threatening errors during a procedure, and all surgeons should know when they are too tired or otherwise impaired and should not proceed.
  • Performing the wrong procedure – A surgeon without a careful plan for the surgery can make serious errors regarding the type of procedure performed. For instance, a doctor may perform the incorrect procedure on the incorrect patient or on the incorrect body part. It has happened—patients who were supposed to have a left foot amputated woke up with their right foot amputated. This type of error not only causes injuries, but also deprives the patient of the benefits of the intended surgery.
  • Carelessness with surgical tools – Some surgeons may have days on which they have shaky hands. Others may feel too confident, lose focus for a minute, and their hand will slip. Any mistake with surgical tools can damage the organs, nerves, or arteries around the point of surgery and cause serious bleeding and medical issues. In addition, some surgical teams have closed up patient surgical wounds without removing sponges or other surgical tools, which can lead to serious infections and other complications.
  • Anesthesia errors – Anesthesia is always tricky, because particular patients may react differently to it. Anesthesiologists, however, can make mistakes that can increase the chances of serious injuries. This can include not administering enough anesthesia, administering too much, not using the right type of drugs, and more.
  • Inadequate post-operative care – Patients who have undergone surgery should receive close monitoring for any complications and proper advice for how to care for themselves during recovery. A patient who receives inadequate post-operative care may experience unnecessary complications, including serious infections.

If your doctor has made a serious surgical error due to negligence, you can file an insurance claim or a lawsuit for medical malpractice to seek compensation for your many losses. Such losses can include:

  • Additional medical expenses from unnecessary hospitalizations, subsequent surgeries, medication, and more
  • Lost income due to a significantly longer recovery time than expected from your surgery
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma from suffering injuries at the hands of a surgeon

Contact a Charleston, South Carolina, Medical Malpractice Law Firm if You Were the Victim of a Surgical Error

Surgical injuries can cause lasting scars—physically, emotionally, and financially. You should hold any negligent medical professional fully liable for your injuries and your losses. Medical malpractice cases are complex and often require expert opinions and other resources, but the Hughey Law Firm has the tools to help you. Call a surgical error attorney today at (843) 881-8644 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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