Many Laurel, Maryland patients who enter surgery like to believe that they have entrusted their life in the hands of a capable and careful surgeon, and are confident that they will emerge from surgery safely and healthily. Unfortunately, surgical errors are more common than one would like to believe. Top medical malpractice attorneys have found that approximately 40% of surgical errors led to permanent disability and 23% led to the death of the patient. According to a study published in the August 2008 publication of ANZ Journal of Surgery:

  • 73% of errors involved experienced surgeons
  • 84% occurred in routine rather than advanced operations

  • 21% were contributed to technological or system failures

The experienced attorneys of Portner & Shure know that not all surgical errors are caused by medical malpractice. In order to have a medical malpractice case, it must be shown that the surgeon failed to perform the surgery to the standard of care of the medical community and his failure caused the personal injury. All surgeries, major or minor, carry an inherent risk of error, but when the surgeon or operating team is negligent, your risk of harm increases greatly. Some possible acts of negligence that may contribute to surgical error are:

  • Fatigue of the medical professional

  • Inattentiveness

  • Miscommunication

  • Failure to properly prepare the site of operation

  • Improper sterilization of equipment

Surgical errors can cause serious harm to a patient, and if an injury of surgical error was caused through medical malpractice, an experienced attorney from Portner & Shure can help you get the compensation you are entitled to. Although one may believe that most surgical errors occur during complicated surgeries under the care of an inexperienced surgeon, a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health found that most surgical errors occur during routine operations under the supervision of experienced medical processionals.