Surgical errors are some of the most frightening examples of medical malpractice. We trust surgeons to be highly trained and educated, experienced in the procedure, and competent enough to handle complications. Unfortunately, surgeons can be guilty of negligence, resulting in a slew of potential errors, patient injuries, and wrongful deaths. If you or a loved one suffered at the hands of a negligent surgeon, come to Anapol Weiss and speak to one of our Philadelphia surgical errors lawyers. We can help you understand your rights and file a surgical errors lawsuit in Philadelphia if your case has merit.
A surgical errors malpractice lawsuit won’t take back what happened to you or someone you love. However, it can go a long way toward getting you back on your feet after a terrible incident. Compensation for surgical errors can include monetary awards for your medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost wages, and lost quality of life. A lawsuit can shed light on a surgeon’s dangerous practices, potentially preventing the same thing from occurring in the future. Work with skilled surgical errors attorneys in Philadelphia to maximize your chances of recovering damages.
Surgical Errors and Negligence
Many things can lead to surgical errors – all of which are preventable. A competent, experienced, and prepared surgeon can foresee the risks of complications, prepare to handle them according to medical standards, and avoid any negligence-related issues. Surgeons guilty of medical malpractice may make errors due to insufficient preoperative planning, poor communication, fatigue, incompetence, or operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In some cases, the courts may find a surgeon guilty of gross negligence – failure to use reasonable care in a way that is likely to cause harm or injury to others. In gross negligence cases, the courts may award punitive damages in addition to economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for his/her actions. In Pennsylvania, there is a cap on punitive damages. A plaintiff cannot receive more than two times the amount of actual damages awarded in punitive damages.
Examples of Surgery Errors in Philadelphia
A common phrase is that there is no such thing as minor surgery. Every surgical procedure is serious. One of the worst things you can hear after a procedure is that something has gone wrong. In most surgeries, complications are possibilities. Not every negative outcome is the result of medical malpractice. Yet some harms do stem from mistakes, carelessness, and negligence in the operating room. In our 40-plus years in the field, we’ve encountered many cases involving surgical errors. A few common examples are as follows:
- Anesthesia errors
- Defective equipment
- Intubation errors
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Operating on the wrong person
- Puncturing internal organs or blood vessels
- Leaving surgical instruments inside the body
- Negligent postoperative care
- Failure to warn of risks
Errors in the operating room can lead to emergency situations, worsened conditions, lowered prognosis for survival, serious injuries, and death. Errors with anesthesia can cause permanent brain damage while leaving behind surgical instruments can cause negative health effects for years. You may not discover a surgeon made an error right away. Symptoms may appear months or even years after your surgery. As soon as you suspect medical malpractice played a part in your injuries, speak to an attorney.
Contact Our Experienced Surgical Errors Attorney Today
If you believe you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice in the operating room, come to Anapol Weiss. We will listen carefully to your story, investigate your claim, and tell you whether we believe your case has merit. Surgical errors can ruin lives. Don’t let a negligent surgeon, nurse, anesthesiologist, or other party get off without consequence. Speak with the experienced attorneys at Anapol Weiss during a free consultation. Schedule yours online or call (866) 735-2792.