Surgery is typically the last resort that a medical professional will pursue in treating a patient’s condition, and for good reason—surgical procedures carry many inherent risks. Even in the hands of the most capable surgeons, patients still face the threat of complications with potentially devastating consequences. However, these risks are greatly magnified when surgeons fail to exercise the level of professionalism expected of their position.
Surgical errors are a serious problem in the United States, and victims of these types of mistakes often face dramatic, life-altering repercussions. In the worst cases, surgical errors can lead to death, but even non-fatal surgical missteps can result in permanent damage. Fortunately, though, victims of surgical mistakes have the option to pursue compensation from the person or party at fault for the injury.
Leading Surgical Errors
Whether due to fatigue, ignorance, or blatant recklessness, surgeons commit an estimated 4,000 mistakes every year in the United States. Some of the leading types of these errors include:
- Wrong-site surgery
- Anesthesia errors
- Leaving foreign objects in body cavities
- Wrong procedures
- Wrongful amputation
- Surgery on the wrong patient
These mistakes can affect multiple people, from the person who received the unsafe or unintended procedure to the family members that depend on him or her for financial support.
No one should have to bear the burden of surgical error consequences on their own. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a surgical error, contact the tenacious, well-qualified lawyer of Patino Law Firm, today at 956-631-3535 to learn more about how you may be able to pursue compensation for the damages you have suffered.