Surgical Error Lawyer Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Surgical errors are disasters no patient should ever have to experience. Agreeing to a surgical procedure means putting your life in another person’s hands. Surgeons owe patients the highest standards of care. There are protocols in place to ensure an operation goes as planned. While not every surgical complication is medical malpractice, those that stem from negligence are. Learn about the most common types of surgical errors, and call DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC if you think you’re a victim of surgical errors in Riverside or San Bernardino.
Performing an operation takes a great deal of education, experience, training, and preparation. It is a surgeon’s duty to adhere to the rules and expectations within the profession. If the surgeon does something that breaches these duties, resulting in patient harm, it is medical malpractice. Surgical incompetence can take the form of nicking a nerve or artery, operating on the wrong body part or patient, or performing the incorrect procedure. Surgeons must go through sufficient preoperative planning, including being prepared for possible complications. Nurses and assistants must have the skills to properly execute their parts of the operation as well.
Lack of Communication
To successfully complete an operation, communication in the operating room is key. All parties involved in the procedure must adhere to the hospital’s procedures, including points of communication among the lead surgeon, assistants, nurses, anesthesiologists, and other medical professionals. Poor communication can result in critical errors, or “never events,” such as wrong-patient, wrong-site, wrong-procedure surgeries. Dosage miscommunications can also have serious, life-threatening consequences.
Surgical Team Negligence
Sometimes operating staff members simply aren’t as careful or prudent as they should be. This results in negligence, or failure to act within accepted medical standards. Any breach of duty that causes patient injury or death may be an act of negligence. Negligence on the part of any staff member or surgeon during a procedure can be deadly. Examples include failure to properly sterilize instruments, negligent pre- and postoperative patient care, or leaving an item behind in the body cavity.
Anesthesiologists have delicate jobs. It is their duty to review a patient’s medical history, come up with the correct dosage, and monitor the patient throughout the operation to ensure the anesthesia is doing its job. Too little anesthesia can lead to the patient being aware of the sights, sounds, and feelings of the operation but not being able to move or speak. Too much anesthesia can cut off oxygen and blood supply to the brain, causing permanent brain damage.
In some cases, surgical errors don’t arise from human mistakes but from mechanical failures. Mechanical failures can happen during surgeries because of improper maintenance, installation, or repairs. They may also occur if the equipment is dangerous or defective after some mistake on the manufacturer’s part. In these cases, injured patients may have claims against the product manufacturer or distributor.
Talk to an Experienced Surgical Error Attorney
A surgical error can change your life. One moment you’re going under on the operating table – the next, you’re listening to the surgeon try to explain away a mistake. Sometimes, patients don’t discover surgical errors for months or even years after they occur. As soon as you suspect medical negligence played a part in your injuries, surgical complications, illness, infection, or a loved one’s death, contact the team at DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC. We offer free case evaluations to hear your story and provide complimentary legal advice.