Baltimore Lawyers Protect the Rights of Surgical Errors Victims

Each year, about 234 million major operations take place around the world. During these procedures, about 1 million patients die annually, and millions more suffer from preventable complications like infections and injuries.* Furthermore, a 2008 study has shown that 84% of surgical errors occur in routine operations, and 73% involved experienced surgeons.*

Simply experiencing a surgical error, however, does not always point towards surgical error or malpractice. In order to establish malpractice, it must be demonstrated that a surgeon failed to perform the surgery within the standard of care reasonably expected by other surgeons under similar circumstances and that the failure to meet this duty of care resulted in your personal injury.

Common Causes of Surgical Errors

There are a wide variety of contributing factors to medical malpractice involving surgical errors and surgical negligence, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Inattentiveness
  • Miscommunication
  • Poor pre-operative planning or care (diet, medical history, health issues, medications and lifestyle choices)
  • Delayed or prolonged surgery
  • Using unsanitary surgical tools, operating rooms, or gloves/hands
  • Operating on the wrong body part
  • Accidental cuts or perforations of organs or other parts of the anatomy
  • Foreign bodies left inside the patient after surgery
  • Using the wrong or inappropriate instruments during surgery
  • Anesthesia complications both during procedure and post op
  • Failure to inform a patient of a surgical error and make a timely repair
  • Improper medical management, including administering the wrong drug or drug overdose
  • Improper monitoring of a patient

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