It doesn’t matter if you’re going in for what should be a routine procedure or you’re embarking on a much bigger medical journey – surgery comes with great risks. It can be an overwhelming, expensive situation that comes with lengthy recovery times. You face complications before, during and after procedures, and this is why you put your life and trust with experienced surgeons and physicians to ensure that your procedure is performed accurately and free of mistakes.
However, every year there are thousands of mistakes ranging from minor to severe. Depending on the circumstances, surgical negligence and mistakes can result in greater injury, illness, or even death.
If you have suffered from surgical negligence, we invite you to contact our Chicago med mal attorneys for a free consultation. You may have a valid personal injury claim that can help alleviate the burden of medical bills, present and future. Click “live chat” to get the process started or call our office directly at (312) 236-2900 today.
Types of Surgical Mistakes
You may experience one or many surgical mistakes if your physician, surgeon, or other medical professional has acted negligently. These can include but are not limited to:
- Wrong site surgery
- Wrong surgical procedure
- Prescription and/or medication errors
- Infections acquired as a result of the procedure
- Contamination of surgical tools or equipment
- Anesthesia errors
- Leaving surgical tools (e.g. sponges) in body
- Cuts, lacerations, or burns
- Violation of informed consent
- Negligent post-procedure care
- Unanticipated organ removal
Physicians do not plan to act negligently, but many hospitals and surgical centers are overburdened and understaffed, leading to overtired and overworked medical professionals who may act in error. This does not mean that you should suffer from their mistakes.
When Does Surgical Negligence Happen?
The term may imply that negligence can happen only during surgery, but really it can encompass the entire surgical process – diagnosis, discussion of risks and consequences, exploration of alternative treatments, pre-op, the surgical procedure itself, post-op, and ongoing treatment thereafter. For example, misread medical tests that result in an unnecessary surgical procedure may be considered surgical negligence. Ultimately, any instance of a medical error that results in a worsened condition, injury, illness, or accidental death falls under medical malpractice.
Medical negligence can leave you with disfiguration, scarring, lifelong pain, illness, and more. As patients, we rely on medical professionals to help us and to provide a high standard of care. If your physician or surgeon fails to exercise reasonable care and you are injured as a result, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. If you do, our team of experienced Chicago med mal attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve. You may be eligible for damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning potential, medical bills, future medical procedures required as a result of the injury, and other losses.