Florida Surgical Error Lawyers
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, surgical errors account for 34 percent of all medical malpractice claims. It’s the number one reason for filing a claim of this nature, making surgical errors more common than you might think.
If you or someone you love has needlessly suffered because of an avoidable, surgical mistake, Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, is here for you. An experienced investigator of medical malpractice cases in South Florida and the Treasure Coast, he has protected the rights of Floridians victimized by medical errors and negligence since 1975.
The Florida surgical error lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for victims of personal injury throughout Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Vero Beach.
For a free consultation about your case, call us today at 1-800-299-8878 or use our online contact form. You pay nothing unless we win your case.
Types of Surgical Errors
When you go into surgery for any kind of procedure, you are entrusting a doctor with your life. You have the right to expect you will be given quality medical care that will improve your health and not cause you harm. The last thing you could ever want is surgical negligence to happen when you’re under the knife or recovering from a procedure.
Unfortunately, surgical errors occur on a regular basis. Even more alarming, 7.5 million unwarranted medical and surgical procedures are performed each year. This only adds to the risk of mistakes that can happen in the operating room or during post-op care.
It’s frightening to think doctors and nurses can commit medical negligence while a patient is in their hands during such serious procedures. But it is a reality.
Common mistakes that happen during surgery include:
- Wrong Site Surgery – When the surgery is carried out on the wrong body part or organ. For instance, a patient may have the wrong limb amputated. Some hospitals require patients to mark the correct body part that needs surgical help with a Sharpie marker so that the hospital is relieved of this particular liability.
- Unsanitary Surgical Equipment – Cross-contamination of disease can take place if surgical equipment is not properly cleaned. If the patient already has a compromised immune system, using tools that are not sanitary may be deadly. Sadly, surgical instruments can be left inside the body. Some hospitals require that all surgical equipment, which includes sponges, gauze and other tools, be counted before and after surgery. But not all hospitals take this extra step. Serious complications and infection can occur if any kind of surgical instrument is left inside a patient’s body.
- Organ Puncture or Perforation – During the course of surgery, a neighboring organ could be cut or punctured with a scalpel, scissors or even a laser. Organ tissue is very delicate. So, such trauma could lead to serious health issues.
- Failure to Monitor Patients After Surgery – It’s essential that patients receive full attention both in and out of the operating room. If a patient isn’t given this kind of care, a treatable, post-op condition can spiral into life-threatening complications very quickly.
Surgical negligence can be a disaster for your physical well being. It can put your health at risk for years to come. It can also cause additional medical bills and require extended time off work.
But there are steps you can take to get justice for yourself and assistance with mounting medical bills. A Florida personal injury attorney has the expertise to help you receive compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering.
Contact a Florida Surgical Errors Lawyer Today
If you or someone close to you has been hurt due to the surgical negligence of a doctor, nurse, health care provider or hospital, the Florida medical malpractice lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, are on your side. Since 1975, we have assisted victims in obtaining the money they deserve. Not only are we knowledgeable in every aspect of Florida personal injury law, but we work hard for our clients. And we’re willing to fight for justice on their behalf.
Our law firm serves clients across South Florida and the Treasure Coast, including Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Vero Beach. Call us today toll-free at 1-800-299-8878 or use our online form. We can provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation.
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