I sometimes get a little irked when I hear my clients say they were only going in for a "routine surgery" and suffered a surgical error. Since when was surgery routine? It's unfortunate that just as we call commonly-performed surgical procedures "routine" we can also call surgical errors "common" in Virginia medical malpractice.

Some of the most common types of surgical errors I see that result in Virginia medical malpractice cases are easily preventable when due diligence is taken in the care of patients.

These common surgical errors include: 

  • failure to identify and prevent surgical complications;
  • surgery performed on wrong patient;
  • incorrect procedure performed on patient;
  • wrong-site surgery;
  • anesthesia errors;
  • surgical implements left inside patient;
  • failure to perform surgery in a timely manner;
  • unnecessary surgery; and
  • failure to give proper post-operative care. 

Aside from the fact that surgical errors can result in serious injury or wrongful death, one of the biggest problems is that they often result in the need for additional surgical procedures. This can lead to thousands more in medical bills and lost wages, as well as prolonged pain and suffering to not only correct the initial condition but also any conditions that result from the error.

A surgical team's misconduct during your surgical procedure can cost you time, money and even your life. Negligence cases such as these are what result in the need for patients to file Virginia medical malpractice claims against their doctors or hospital staff. Knowing what a surgical error means to you as a victim of negligence is important when you seek to file a medical malpractice claim. 

Contacting a Fairfax Medical Malpractice Attorney

You don't have to deal with insurance companies and hospitals alone when you're looking to file a Virginia medical malpractice case. Fairfax medical malpractice attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their medical malpractice claims.

Before you go any further with your decision, order a copy of my complimentary guide to Virginia medical malpractice claims, Why Most Victims of Medical Malpractice Never Recover a Dime. To set up a no-cost consultation, contact me today - 703-591-9829.

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