While the goal of any surgery is to improve a certain condition – medical condition or physical appearance – it can occasionally make the condition worse. When a surgical error or mistake causes the worsening of a condition or untimely death of the patient, the medical provider should be held responsible for the negligence.
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a surgical mistake or error, Joe Dunn can help you pursue the compensation you need and the justice that you deserve. Contact him for an explanation of your rights and an evaluation of your claim.
There are many things that can go wrong in the operating room. Not all cases of surgical complications or poor outcomes are the result of negligence. Sometimes, the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and other surgical personnel perform the surgery with incredible skill and the patient’s condition does not improve.
Joe Dunn is experienced investigating and pursuing cases involving all types of surgical errors, including:
- Scalpel slips: slicing nerves, blood vessels or organs without repairing them
- Operating room mistakes: failure to confirm if operating in correct surgery site (resulting in surgery at the wrong site), operating on the wrong body part, removing the wrong organ
- Anesthesia errors: using too much or too little anesthesia for surgery; overdose of anesthesia resulting in brain damage or death
- Negligent follow-up care: failure to monitor surgery site for infection
- Other surgical mishaps: leaving foreign instruments in the body, such as sponges, towels or surgical instruments
Unfortunately, when a surgical error occurs the family is usually not told what actually went wrong. The doctor may walk into the waiting room with sympathetic eyes and say that he is terribly sorry, but something has gone terribly wrong and that the family member was not able to make it through the surgery. Nothing further is said about what happened or if it could have been prevented. The family is left to mourn.