Medical Malpractice Surgical Errors

Mitchell Scott Sexner

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Each year, millions of surgical procedures occur in the United States. Yet, each time a person undergoes a surgery, there are serious risks of medical and surgical malpractice. Many thousands of people are severely injured or killed each year as a direct result of medical malpractice. Even though the medical profession is generally well regarded for its degree of knowledge and concern, unfortunately, serious questions about safety standards and the quality of care in today's medical profession remain.

Surgical errors include a wide range of occurrences during the course of an operation, such as:

  • Unsanitary surgical utensils
  • Delayed surgery
  • Prolonged surgery
  • Organ puncture or perforation
  • Wrong organ surgery, wrong site surgery or wrong side surgery
  • Incorrect incision
  • Nerve damage

Surgical errors may occur in any kind of medical procedure, whether the surgery is considered extremely complicated, or a “simple" cosmetic surgical procedure. Examples include:

  • Gastric bypass
  • Childbirth
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Intestinal Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery/Cosmetic Surgery
  • Otoplasty - Ear Surgery
  • Rhytidectomy - Face Lift
  • Rhinoplasty - Nasal Surgery
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Liposuction

Although surgical procedures are meant to repair a medical condition or improve the quality of a patient's life, sometimes they instead result in tragic errors that create a worsening of the patient's condition, or even death. Injuries resulting from anesthesia complications can also be very traumatic, as can brain and spinal cord injuries. Often, the hospital or emergency room is also responsible for errors that occur and lead to the worsening of a patient's medical condition. If a person dies due to such errors, a wrongful death case may also be filed.

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