What Are Surgical Errors?

Surgical errors are preventable errors made during surgery, such as negligence in manipulating surgical tools, performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, injuring a nerve, anesthesia-related mistakes, leaving surgical accessories inside the body or even operating on the wrong patient.

If you or your loved one was a victim of a surgical error in a Miami hospital, you should know that when certain medical errors exist, a case can be considered medical malpractice.

  • Surgery was performed on the wrong part of the body. Moreover, surgery was unnecessary. For example, the doctor read the file incorrectly and ended up operating the wrong member or the wrong body part.
  • Forgetting medical instruments or surgical accessories inside a patient’s body. The bandage is the most overlooked medical accessory, but there are cases when the scalpel was left inside someone’s body.
  • Treatment delays and misinterpretation of the laboratory results. Sometimes the doctor can read the lab results wrong and prescribe the wrong treatment.
  • Cutting the wrong limb or taking out organs from the wrong patient. There are a lot of cases in which the wrong limb was removed.
  • Negligence in manipulating surgical tools. Doctors can be negligent in manipulating surgical tools, causing injuries.
  • Neglect of mentioning all the surgical risks. Every surgical procedure involves risks that have to be presented by the doctor.
  • Incapacity of creating a surgical plan and ignorance of a patient’s medical history. Some people are allergic to certain sedatives. Usually, this is mentioned in a patient’s file. Unfortunately, cases exist in which a doctor did not read the file attentively and injured the patient.

Contact the Miami based The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary if you have been the victim of a medical or surgical error.

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