Professionals working in the healthcare industry are usually held to a higher standard of care than other careers. This is mostly because they are dealing with peoples’ life and their well-being and, typically, it is expected for them to work in the best interest of their patients.
However, this is not always the case since, in some occasions, there are certain surgical errors that place the patients’ health at risk and could potentially hold the healthcare professional liable for their negligence.
Potential lawsuits can arise
Surgical errors are very similar to medical malpractice and they occur when a healthcare professional and/or provider has created an injury in the patient during or after the surgical procedure, affecting the patient’s health and well-being.
Typically, they a surgical error might be considered to be medical malpractice when the standard of care was far below what was expected. If there is a failed surgery, then the patient must prove that the doctor’s standard care was lower than what a reasonable doctor might have done. The whole point of a surgery is to make the patient whole again and when a medical institution fails to do this, then they could be found guilty of a surgical error.
Types of surgery errors
There are various types of errors that occur in the surgery room and the most common ones are:
- Wrong site surgery
- Wrong patient
- Unnecessary surgeries
- Surgical instrument left inside the body of the patient
- Internal organ damage
- Damage to the nervous system
If you or a loved one have suffered from a serious case of medical malpractice and are still suffering the consequences, an experienced attorney can assist in developing a case to help you get the medical coverage needed for recovery.