Dedicated Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Holding Doctors Accountable for Serious Surgical Errors
No matter how minor, surgery always entails a certain amount of risk. Surgeons have a legal duty to perform procedures with due care according to generally-accepted best practices in their field. When these medical professionals fail to uphold their legal duty of care, patients can suffer serious health consequences.
You may have a right to money damages if you or someone you love has been injured by a surgical error. Find out if you may have a right to compensation from a medical malpractice lawsuit by contacting the skilled and knowledgeable Chicagoland personal injury lawyer John Fairman for a consultation on your case.
Errors during surgery are some of the most common medical errors
The medical journal Patient Safety has reported that up to 65% of unintended or dangerous events occurring in hospitals occur during surgical procedures. Surgical errors often result in prolonged recovery times, revised procedures, extensive rehabilitation, or even permanent injury or death to patients. Victims of surgical errors may find themselves spending thousands of dollars on out-of-pocket medical expenses, as well as being forced to take extended periods off work to recover from their injuries.
Common surgical errors include:
- Serious infection resulting from negligent wound closure or aftercare
- Negligently advising surgery for a patient who is at too high a risk of complications
- Leaving surgical objects such as sponges or clamps in patients
- Negligently starting operating room fires
- Surgeries performed on the wrong body part or wrong patient
- Surgeons performing the wrong procedure on patients
- Unintentional nicks or cuts damaging a patient’s arteries, veins, or internal organs
- Serious infections caused by poor wound care or improper maintenance of IVs or catheters
Take action as soon as possible after a surgical error
After you’re injured by an incident of medical malpractice, it’s important to take action right away to preserve your claim. Evidence of your condition immediately before and after a surgeon’s error, as well as interviews of those who were in the operating room, must all be gathered as soon as possible in order to prevent destruction of evidence that can prove critical to your case. It is also crucial to find an attorney who has the understanding and expertise in medical terminology necessary to effectively pursue your claim for surgical malpractice.
Don’t allow key evidence or time limits for filing a claim expire before taking action. Contact the seasoned and dedicated Homewood medical malpractice lawyer John Fairman for a free consultation on your claim, at 708-799-4848, with offices in Bridgeview at 708-960-4806.