July 25, 2014
Undergoing surgery may be a scary enough proposition on its own, especially when these procedures are major, will go on for hours and may have some risks for patients. What can make the idea of surgery even more overwhelming, however, is the possibility of surgeons, nurses or other medical professionals making mistakes that can have long-term, irreversible or even fatal impacts on patients.
In this two-part blog, we will discuss how surgery errors happen, some of the issues that can increase the risk of surgery mistakes and people’s options for holding negligent medical professionals responsible if or when they’ve been injured by surgery errors.
Types of Surgery Errors and Mistakes: When to Suspect Medical Malpractice
Researchers believe that more than 4,000 entirely preventable surgery mistakes occur every year in the U.S. Some of the most common types of these surgery mistakes include (but are not necessarily limited to):
- Surgeons performing a procedure on the wrong area of the body (like, for instance, performing surgery on the right leg instead of the left leg)
- Surgeons performing the wrong procedure on patients
- Surgeons damaging other organs or tissues when performing procedures
- Medical professionals leaving instruments or sponges inside of patients
- Anesthesiologists failing to administer the proper types and/or amounts of anesthesia to patients (this can include administering anesthesia that patients may be allergic to or that may be contraindicated for patients based on their medical history and/or other medications they may be taking).
While some types of surgery errors may be obvious (such as in cases when surgery is performed on the wrong area of the body), in other cases, it’s not so clear to patients when they may have been the victim of surgery mistakes. As a result, it’s crucial that these people consult with an attorney for some professional advice regarding their rights and potential claims to compensation.
Be sure to check out the upcoming second part of this blog for our continued discussion regarding surgery errors and malpractice claims.
Denver Malpractice and Hospital Liability Lawyers at Cristiano Law, LLC
If you or your loved one has been injured due to surgical mistakes or any type of negligence on the part of a medical professional, the Denver malpractice attorneys at Cristiano Law, LLC are ready to put their experience and resources to work for you. For more than 33 years, our dedicated and trusted lawyers have been upholding the belief that the practice of law is a helping profession, and we will fight until our clients are able to obtain the full amount of compensation to which they are entitled.
We welcome people who think they may have a case or who would like to learn more about their rights and options to attend an initial consult with one of our Denver malpractice lawyers. To set up a meeting with one of our attorneys, call us at (303) 407-1777 or email us using the form on this page.
Evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience, and our attorneys can commute to your city or town to meet you to ensure that you get the legal help you need wherever you may need it.