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3 Surgical Errors That May Amount to Malpractice

Posted on in Medical Malpractice

Houston surgery malpractice lawyerOne of the worst things a patient can hear when they wake up from surgery is, “there was a mistake.” Surgeons cannot afford to make mistakes while they are operating on a patient. Even a minor error can affect someone for the rest of their life. Even worse than being informed after surgery that your doctor has made an error is not being informed of the mistake and being left to discover it yourself.

Uncovering a surgical error that was not disclosed can take years in some cases. If your life, health, and well-being have been affected by a surgical error, then you may have a malpractice case. Our attorneys can offer you a complimentary case evaluation to determine whether taking your surgeon to court for his mistake may benefit you. 

Top 3 Common Surgical Mistakes

Any mistake during surgery can be detrimental to your health. Surgical mistakes often lead to further health complications and even more troubling for some, intense and lasting pain. Among the most common types of surgical errors that lead to malpractice litigation include: 

  • Foreign body - One of the most common - and most alarming - types of surgical errors occurs when the surgeon inadvertently leaves an object behind, inside the patient's body. A foreign object can cause significant damage to a patient’s internal bodily structures, especially if it is a sharp object like a pin. In most cases, a repeat surgery will be required to remove the object. 
  • Wrong surgical site - Surgeons and their staff should take infallible steps to ensure that they are performing the right surgery on the right patient and the right body part, every time. Yet, some people do still awake to find that their surgical stitches are not where they are supposed to be. Sadly, many of these patients will have to go under the knife a second time to get the original surgery done, and may then need a third operation to fix the damage done during the original. 
  • Anesthesia mistakes - Errors involving anesthesia are among the most dangerous types of surgical mistakes. Failing to properly monitor a patient who is under anesthesia, administering the wrong dose, or giving a medication the patient is allergic to can all become fatal or lead to severe brain damage very quickly. Often, there is nothing that can be done to correct this type of mistake once it has happened. 

If you or a now-deceased close family member has experienced one of these dangerous surgical errors, you may have a valid claim for medical malpractice. 

Reach Out to a Harris County Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Law Office of Shane R. Kadlec is committed to helping victims of medical malpractice. Our compassionate Houston medical malpractice attorneys will fight to recover compensation for those who have been harmed by a surgical mistake. Call 281-643-2000 to begin with a free consultation. 



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