Whether your surgery has been scheduled months in advance or you are wheeled into an ER after an accident, when surgical errors occur, you can be caused serious harm. No matter the situation, surgeons must uphold an extremely high standard of care, as patients' lives often depend on their care. If you have been harmed by the negligence of a surgeon or member of a surgical team, you may need to file a Virginia medical malpractice claim.
Common Types of Surgical Errors
There are unique factors to every patient and operation that make it impossible to have a "routine surgery" even if the surgeon has performed your procedure thousands of times. Even the most experienced of surgical teams can still experience surgical errors if negligence occurs.
Some of the most common types of surgical errors that may lead to a Virginia medical malpractice claim include:
- failure to recognize and treat surgical complications;
- failure to operate in a timely manner;
- unnecessary surgery;
- wrongfully identified patients;
- wrong-site surgery (wrong body part is operated on);
- incorrect procedure performed; and
- anesthesia errors.
Those surgical errors can cause additional complications including prolonged recovery times, the need for additional treatment, permanent disability and even wrongful death. If you have experienced further harm because of surgical errors, you may need to file a Virginia medical malpractice claim.
Causes of Surgical Errors That Lead to Virginia Medical Malpractice
Negligence is the main factor in a Virginia medical malpractice claim and you must be able to prove that the negligent actions of the surgical team caused the surgical errors and your injury. Many surgical errors are caused by miscommunication between members of the surgical team.
Improper identification of the patient and the procedure to be performed, as well as failure to recognize known allergies or potential complications can all lead to serious surgical errors. Ignoring safety checks in pre-operative preparation, during the surgery and during follow-up can also lead to potentially fatal surgical errors.
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