Even the simplest of surgeries can have major complications if a surgical error is made. However, every surgical error does not automatically mean your surgeon committed medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice is defined as the failure of a medical professional to follow the accepted standards of practice, resulting in harm to the patient. Therefore, if your surgeon did not stray from the standard of care or their error did not cause you harm, they did not commit malpractice.
The key to establishing a medical malpractice case is to first determine what a reasonably skilled surgeon would have done in that situation and then showing that the surgeon did not abide by that standard of care.
Surgical mistakes can be caused by poor preparation or communication, incompetence, fatigue, or simply neglect.
Common Surgical Errors
- Injuring a nerve during surgery
- Leaving a piece of medical equipment inside the patient
- Operating on the wrong body part or making an incision at the wrong location
- Administering too little or too much medication
When a trusted medical professional has harmed you, they should be held accountable. If the error of a medical professional has greatly affected your wellbeing please contact us today.