When taking surgical errors into consideration, some people envision a negligent surgeon who fails to perform an operation properly. For example, a surgical operation may be performed on the wrong site or, in some istances, even the wrong patient. While this is terrifying, there are other ways in which surgical errors occur. Sometimes, negligent operating room staff are responsible for life-threatening mistakes. When this occurs, those who fail to live up to expectations because of negligent behavior have to be held responsible.
Sometimes, operating room staff become distracted, whether their attention is diverted to socialize or they are using their phone at a critical moment. In other instances, operating room staff may lack training and experience, or they could simply have no regard for the patients they are supposed to be caring for. Furthermore, some operating rooms are understaffed, leaving workers scrambling around, tired, and always short on time. Unfortunately, when something goes wrong because of negligence on behalf of operating room staff, the consequences can be disastrous for patients who are undergoing surgery.
From severe physical pain and unnecessary health problems to additional medical costs, the consequences of a surgical error can be devastating. Even worse, some people lose their lives as a result of surgical mistakes, often leaving loved ones with an emotional wound that will never heal. If you or one of your close family members are suffering because of a surgical error, you should not remain silent. Our malpractice section has more related to negligent operating room staff.