Whilst many errors in healthcare are inevitable, surgical errors can often be the most debilitating. These events are termed “never events,” as they are errors which should never have occurred, and are indicative of alarming underlying safety issues.
What Are Surgical Errors?
In short, surgical errors are preventable mistakes made during surgery which can lead to injury, disability, or even death.
Types of Surgical Errors
Other kinds of surgical errors include accidental incisions, leaving foreign objects inside of you, using the wrong surgical instruments, and improper monitoring of your state during surgery.
Causes of Surgical Errors
Whilst unforeseen, unique circumstances might be the cause of a particular surgical error, most errors are usually caused by one or more of the following reasons:
Complications From Surgical Errors
Complications refer to the resulting damage that the surgical error causes. Common complications include:
Surgical Errors and Medical Malpractice
With any surgery that you undergo, your doctor should warn you of any known risks associated with the surgery. Once these have been explained, you sign an informed consent form. Surgical errors are set apart from this in that they go beyond the known risks of surgery and are both preventable and unexpected, thus making them components of medical malpractice.
To legally address a case of surgical error, you will need to follow the medical malpractice legal protocol. This is because any surgical error that occurs during a surgical procedure falls below the accepted standard of care of the profession, which is considered medical malpractice.
If you want to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, then you need to hire a medical malpractice lawyer who can guide you through the process whilst adhering to the state laws of NYC.
Basic Steps for a Medical Malpractice Case
If you believe that you or a family member may have experienced some form of surgical error, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC today and speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys.
When you are ready to talk, we are ready to listen. Call 1-212-697-9280 for a free, confidential consultation.
Our client, a 5-year-old patient, receives almost $8 million in compensation from an NYC hospital in a medical malpractice claim won by Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolf. Representing the injured child with his team of legal and medical experts, Daniel Minc said, "It was great day for the family."
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