Surgical Negligence Lawyers
All surgeries carry a certain element of risk, and even skilled surgeons and modern medical centers in South Florida make mistakes that cause patients lasting harm or fatal injuries. Each year, hundreds of patients undergoing surgical procedures at hospitals, ambulatory care centers and doctors’ offices suffer avoidable injuries such as brain damage, spinal damage, surgery on the wrong body part, surgical tools left in their body, and surgery unrelated to their medical diagnosis. These medical mistakes may constitute surgical negligence on the part of the doctor or medical facility. Some patients have to have follow-up procedures to correct the harm done or must live with a permanent disability.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been a victim of surgical negligence, turn to a knowledgeable Florida medical malpractice attorney for guidance. I am attorney Philip DeBerard. I have more than three decades of experience helping Florida families and individuals overcome personal injuries caused by surgical negligence by doctors, hospitals and surgical centers. Medical malpractice is a complicated area of the law. So it’s critical to turn to an experienced Florida personal injury law firm with the resources to analyze and determine surgical negligence. The law firm of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, focuses on helping victims of medical malpractice in South Florida and the Treasure Coast.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgeon’s error or a hospital’s mistake, call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a respected Florida surgical negligence attorney, or fill out our online contact form.
What the Statistics Say About Surgical Negligence in Florida
Hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and health maintenance organizations are required to report incidents involving serious harm or death to patients to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. These are known as adverse event reports. In 2010, there were more than 550 reported patient injuries and deaths in Florida hospitals and surgical centers. The reported incidents included 27 surgeries performed on the wrong body part, three surgeries performed on the wrong patient, 93 surgical procedures to remove foreign objects left from previous surgeries, 43 incidents involving brain damage to patients and 13 incidents involve spinal damage. Doctors inexplicably performed surgeries unrelated to the patient’s diagnosis or medical needs on 130 patients.
As you can see from these adverse event statistics, Florida surgeons and hospitals do frequently make mistakes that cause patients serious injury or, in the worst cases, death. When a Florida surgeon fails to follow the recognized standard of medical care in performing surgery or treating a patient, their action may constitute surgical negligence.
Surgical negligence may be caused by failing to monitor a patient properly before or after surgery, by improper anesthesia administered during surgery, by medical complications caused by error, by inadvertent puncture of an organ, or post-operative blood clots or internal bleeding.
Nationwide, one of every 10 patients who die within 90 days of surgery does so because of preventable medical errors, according to a 2008 federal study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Contact a Trusted South Florida Surgical Negligence Lawyer
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed by surgical negligence, a South Florida medical malpractice attorney with more than 36 years of legal experience can evaluate the circumstances of your medical injury and advise you on your legal options. I am attorney Philip DeBerard. My legal practice concentrates on representing victims of serious accidents and injuries caused by the negligence of others, including surgical negligence. My legal skill has received the highest AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the most recognized national legal directory.
I take pride in leading a team of hard-working attorneys, paralegals and staff who provide caring, one-on-one service to clients across South Florida and the Treasure Coast. We will evaluate your case at no charge and explain your legal options. If we go to work for you, we will not charge any attorney fee unless we secure compensation for you. We represent victims of surgical negligence and medical malpractice in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Jupiter, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and Vero Beach.
Call 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a respected Florida surgical negligence attorney, or fill out our online contact form.