According to the Institute of Medicine, medical malpractice is responsible for approximately 98,000 hospital patient deaths every year. Medical malpractice is ranked third in the leading causes of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer. While most surgical operations are performed without error, there is a risk that your surgeon may make an error or otherwise unsafely perform your surgery.
Common Errors in Surgical Malpractice
Surgical errors can easily occur if the surgeon does not confirm the surgical procedure with other staff or does not carefully review a patient’s medical history. Common surgical errors include:
- Infection from unsterilized surgical tools
- Incorrect incision or surgical operation
- Operating on the wrong body part or wrong side of the body
- Causing internal injury during surgery
- Surgery on the wrong patient because of mistaken identity
- Delayed or prolonged surgery
What You Can Do
Errors sometimes occur because quick decisions must be made in an emergency or urgent surgery, while others may occur because of inattentiveness or failure to confirm information. In any case that involves surgical malpractice, if the surgeon or surgical team is found to be negligent or otherwise liable for your injuries and damages, you may be entitled to compensation for post-operation treatment, costly medical bills, necessary medications, lost wages from time off of work, and general pain and suffering. To fight for your right to compensation, consider contacting a medical malpractice attorney immediately to help you pursue legal action.
For more information on surgical malpractice and compensation, please contact the experienced Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers of the Hankey Law Office today at (800) 520-3633.