Surgical Errors - Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Sean M. Cleary
If you were injured while undergoing any type of surgery or if you have a family member who lost their life during a surgical procedure, you deserve to receive financial compensation. To review your case, please contact our experienced law firm.
Surgical Errors Miami Medical Malpractice Lawyer: Sean M. Cleary
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Injuries Following Surgical Errors in Miami
Every year, over 4,000 people who undergo surgery in the U.S. end up injured, which means that 40 surgical errors occur every week. The most serious errors in Florida are wrong-site incidents – since 2012, medical facilities in Florida have reported 315 wrong-site incidents to the Agency for Healthcare Administration. Nevertheless, only 1 in 3 surgeons received discipline for their mistakes.
Over the course of 20 years, there were more than 9.700 paid malpractice claims throughout the United States, which cost over $1.3 billion. Nearly 60% of victims suffered temporary injury, 33% of them ended up permanently injured, while 6.6% of the cases led to wrongful death.
Surgical Errors Cases We Handle and Investigate in Miami & Florida
Although the result of a surgical error can vary in severity, everyone who was injured during surgery deserves financial compensation. Moreover, the medical team who was responsible for the mistake will also be held accountable for their wrongdoing if you decide to take legal action. Our attorney, Sean M. Cleary, has been pursuing cases involving surgical errors for over 20 years and he will gladly evaluate your situation if you contact our law firm. Therefore, regardless of the injury you sustained, please do not hesitate to call us.
The following are only some of the outcomes of surgical errors we handle:
Loss of the use of a limb
Organ perforation or tearing
When it comes to more specific examples of surgical errors, these are some of the most common mistakes our legal team pursues compensation for:
Medical procedures performed on the wrong side of patients
Performing the wrong procedure
A procedure performed on the wrong patient
Anesthesia errors, particularly related to allergies
Accidentally damaging muscles, ligaments, tissue and nerves
Leaving surgical instruments inside patients
Failure to advise patients of all the potential risks involved in a surgery
Misinterpretation of laboratory results and delays in treatment administration
Disregarding the patient’s medical history and failure to construct a proper surgical plan
A lot can go wrong during surgery, even when it comes to the most common surgical procedure, which is why responsible hospitals and surgical teams take extensive precautions. However, even with precautions, surgical errors still happen – in Florida, more than anywhere else. The causes of surgical errors include:
Lack of proper preoperative planning: If the surgeon does not take into consideration each and every aspect of their patient before performing the surgery, the procedure can go wrong. For instance, the surgeon may not pay attention to the patient’s medical history, whether they are healthy enough to undergo the surgery, as well as whether it is in the best interest of the patient to have the surgery in the first place.
Surgical errors during the procedure: However, the majority of surgical errors take place in the operating room, during the surgical procedure itself. A few examples of surgical errors are making incorrect incisions, damaging nearby organs or causing nerve damage. Other mistakes may occur during prolonged surgical procedures due to unanticipated risks which can lead to anesthesia complications, brain damage, cardiovascular problems or even death. Nonetheless, the most obvious surgical errors include the surgeon performing the wrong procedure, operating on the wrong patient or on the wrong part of the body, as well as leaving sponges or other type of medical instrument inside a patient, thus causing postoperative damage, pain and further unnecessary surgeries.
Postoperative injuries: Surgical errors also include injuries which occur postoperatively, because there is often a mistake during the surgery that causes postoperative complications. This category includes delayed healing, infections and the need for further unanticipated surgeries.
How Can The Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help You in a Surgical Error Case?
If you were harmed by a surgical error, regardless of the severity of the injury you sustained, we highly advise you to reach out to our lawyer, Sean M. Cleary, who specializes in medical malpractice, as you are entitled to receive compensation. It is very important to act promptly, since in Miami the deadline for medical malpractice cases is 2 years from the moment the patient found out about their injury.
Expert testimony may be necessary in some cases to confirm what a similarly trained surgeon would have reasonably done in your situation. However, you should not worry about finding one, as our legal team will be able to help you choose a qualified expert to provide assistance and testimony.
Our law firm is always ready to face the complexity and requirements involved in medical malpractice cases and we have obtained significant settlements for various cases throughout the years. We strive to keep a communication-oriented approach with every client and, with the aid of the experts we work with, we are always ready to help and offer advice on the legal aspects you are dealing with.
Therefore, if you or a family member is the victim of a surgical error or other medical malpractice, contact us immediately and we will thoroughly review your case. We will evaluate your situation and legally assist you free of charge, as we work on a contingency fee, which means you do not have to pay the attorney unless we obtain financial compensation for you.