One of the most frightening forms of medical malpractice occurs in the operating room. Errors during surgery can easily kill, maim, or critically injure the patient. There is no such thing as a “minor mistake” during a life-changing surgery. Surgeons, support nurses, anesthesiologists, and other staff members in the operating room must work with the utmost care and caution. If they do not, patients may pay the ultimate price.
At Cullan & Cullan, we represent clients across Arizona who have suffered harm due to surgical errors. As Phoenix surgical malpractice attorneys, we are committed to setting things right again by holding at-fault surgeons and other healthcare professionals accountable for their wrongdoing. Because our principal attorneys also hold medical degrees, we are qualified to handle these technical, complex claims.
Contact our firm at (602) 900-9483 for a free review of your surgical error claim.
Types of Surgical Errors Caused by Negligence
Here are a few common types of surgical errors that may arise due to negligence:
- Poor pre- or post-operative care. Undergoing a surgery takes a major toll on the body. It is up to the medical staff to properly prepare the patient prior to the surgery, as well as to care for the incision site afterward. Negligence can result in surgical complications, infections, and other adverse situations.
- Too much or too little anesthesia. Too much can cause brain damage, while too little can cause anesthesia awareness – a traumatic experience in which the patient is aware of the surgery but cannot move or speak.
- Mistakes during surgery. An incompetent, distracted, intoxicated, or otherwise unfit surgeon can make mistakes that seriously harm or even kill the patient. If the surgeon does something that a reasonable and prudent professional would not have in the same situation, resulting in patient harm, he or she may be guilty of malpractice.
- Lack of informed consent. A patient should be properly informed of all the risks and benefits that a surgical procedure may offer, so he or she can give informed consent. A failure to get informed consent may be a form of malpractice.
Accidentally nicking an artery can lead to bleeding or preventable health complications. Failing to property maintain a sterile environment can cause fatal infections. Leaving a sponge inside the body cavity can cause serious problems months or years later.
If you or a loved one sustained injury, illness, or died after surgery and you suspect malpractice, seek experienced counsel.
Contact a Phoenix surgical error attorney at (602) 900-9483 to see how we can help.