When you have surgery, you have every right to expect that the surgeon is well-trained, well-informed, and focused on you and on the procedure being performed. But this expectation may be misplaced. A shocking number of surgical errors occur every day in the United States. The Veterans Health Administration estimated in an article published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, that between five and ten surgical errors occur in the United States every day.
The greatest numbers of these are in the specialties of ophthalmology and orthopedics; but the most serious and harmful errors occur in lung surgery and surgeries performed on the wrong body part (wrong site surgeries).
When an error in a surgical procedure occurs, the surgeon and hospital may be liable for medical malpractice. An experienced Phoenix surgical errors attorney is there to help you state your case when these mistakes are overseen.
Types of Surgical Errors
Some errors that often indicate medical malpractice include:
Neglecting to monitor the patient appropriately
Operating on the wrong body part
Damaging nerves or blood vessels
Leaving foreign objects in the body
Transfusing incompatible blood
Transplanting an incompatible organ
Failing to take proper measurements before and during hip replacement surgery causing leg length disparity
Consequences of Surgical Errors
A patient who is a victim of surgical error is seven times more likely to die in the hospital than one who is not, according to research published in Medical Care. Patients surviving a surgical error often return to the hospital with a variety of complications in the three months following the error. Some of the frequently seen complications include infection, sepsis, hemorrhage, hematoma, respiratory failure, or an open wound at the site of the sutures.
If You Suspect that You Were Harmed by a Surgical Error
You may only realize that something is amiss later on, when you fail to recover as expected or develop new symptoms. If the surgery was performed on the wrong site, it will probably be apparent right away. But if a surgical implement was left in your body, it could take a long time—even years—before the mistake is discovered. Don’t expect your surgeon to admit to an error; you will generally need a second or third opinion.
At the earliest indication that you’ve been the victim of a surgical error, contact a highly experienced Phoenix medical malpractice attorney. In Phoenix, call the malpractice law firm of Knapp & Roberts for a professional legal opinion based on many years of successfully pursuing recoveries for clients who have suffered from medical errors.
An Experienced Phoenix Surgical Errors Attorney for Complex Cases
Medical malpractice law suits are challenging and complicated, requiring an attorney with specific experience in medical cases, familiarity with complex statutes of limitations, and access to medical professionals who will examine your records and determine when and how your surgeon deviated from the standards of surgical practice recognized by the medical community in Arizona.
The surgical errors attorneys at the law firm of Knapp & Roberts are accustomed to handling these difficult malpractice cases. We are familiar with medical terminology, procedures, and standards of practice. We maintain relationships with well respected physicians who are available to provide expert medical testimony to help prove your case, and who are deeply committed to improving safety standards by holding incompetent, negligent, and careless medical professionals accountable when they injure patients in the course of surgery or other medical procedure.
At Knapp & Roberts, we believe we can reduce the danger that these doctors pose to unsuspecting patients by making them face up to the damage they’ve caused. We fight tirelessly to ensure that the medical malpractice victims we represent will have their day in court, and that justice will be served. Our Phoenix personal injury attorneys have a history of recovering millions of dollars in damages for our injured medical malpractice clients, and we will pursue a recovery for you with the same level of commitment that all of our clients have come to expect.
Time Restrictions on Filing Suit for Medical Malpractice in Arizona Law
Don’t delay. Call Knapp & Roberts as soon as you suspect that a surgical error or other type of medical malpractice has occurred. Legal time limits in Arizona restrict the window of opportunity to file civil malpractice charges, so don’t take a chance on losing your right to a monetary recovery for your damages. Call a Phoenix surgical errors attorney at Knapp & Roberts today for a free, no-obligation case analysis. We assume all financial risks, and you pay us nothing unless we obtain a monetary settlement or verdict in your case.
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