Surgical negligence isn’t usually at the forefront of one’s considerations when you elect or are required to have surgery. Rather, most of us are suspecting that our outcome will improve our condition. Unfortunately, the scenario where one is left with life-altering complications too often plays out. Surgical negligence can occur when health care personnel involved with the surgery fail to act in an otherwise prudent manner when rendering care to the patient, thereby causing the patient harm or injury. While there are always risks associated with surgical procedures, many surgical errors are preventable.
Surgical negligence can take many forms and occur whether the surgery was scheduled or an emergency, during the operation, and during either pre- or post-operative care. Examples of surgical negligence can include but are not limited to:
- ● performing the wrong surgical procedure
- ● delay of or prolonging operation time
- ● perforations of nearby organs
- ● leaving medical equipment inside the patient
- ● operating on a wrong body part
- ● use of unsanitary medical equipment
Surgical Negligence May Be More Prevalent Than You Think
While mistakes may happen during the course of treatment, the healthcare industry has identified some acts to be so egregious that they refer to them as ‘never events’, in that they should never occur. Never events include surgical negligence acts of leaving foreign objects behind, operating on the wrong body part, and performing the wrong operation. Despite the fact the healthcare industry realizes these should not happen, in a recent study by Johns Hopkins, researchers found that thes ‘never events’ result in death to nearly 7% of patients, permanent injury to 33%, and temporary injury to 59%.
Why Pursue a Surgical Negligence or Medical Malpractice Claim?
The effects of surgical negligence can be severe, life-altering, and even deadly. A medical malpractice claim may be able to help you recover payments to help reimburse you for the harms you have suffered, including:
- ● past and future medical expenses
- ● lost wages and/or future earnings
- ● pain and suffering
Many people also pursue a surgical negligence claim in an effort to help make sure the negligence is not repeated by this same doctor or in this same hospital. In a study conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians it was found overall patient safety improves when injured patients can hold negligent doctors accountable. By raising awareness and forcing the negligent surgical team to correct the problem, you may be able to help ensure that the same event does not happen to someone else.
Don’t Miss Your Filing Deadline!
Time is of the essence when pursuing a surgical negligence or medical malpractice claim. Indiana law imposes strict deadlines (also called “statutes of limitations”) in medical malpractice cases that will forever bar the claim if it is not filed in a timely manner. The law relating to the deadline can be exceedingly complex; therefore, one should not delay in consulting a qualified medical malpractice attorney to determine the applicable statute of limitations and review the case.
How to Request a Free Evaluation of Your Claim Today.
If you believe you may have a potential surgical negligence claim, The Powless Law Firm, P.C. would like to help. You can request a free case consultation today by calling us at 877-769-5377 or by submitting the free case consultation request form on this page.
Here is important information you should know about us:
● We concentrate upon medical malpractice and nursing home neglect claims only, and have years of experience and success in doing so.
● We never represent the negligent hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare providers or their insurers.
● We offer free consultations.
● We never require any retainer fee.
● We accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if we obtain a recovery for you.
● We work with a variety of highly qualified medical experts to thoroughly evaluate and present our cases.
● We are committed to providing the attention and resources required in these complex cases to help make a difference for those harmed by medical malpractice, and to help force changes that will help protect others.
● We accept cases anywhere in Indiana.
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