Surgery can be nervewracking. You’re putting your life and future in your surgeon’s hands. You trust that they have the experience and skill that’s required for your procedure to be a success. Unfortunately, not all surgeries end as intended. While some adverse results are unavoidable, others are caused by preventable surgical errors.
Have you been harmed because of a surgical error? You may have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for compensation. The attorneys at Citywide Law Group have more 15 years of experience handling complex medical negligence cases.
We know how to approach your case and make sure that you’re fairly compensated for your injuries. Call our Los Angeles law office today to schedule your free consultation and learn more.
Why You Should Call Our Surgical Error Attorneys For Help
Surgical errors can have devastating physical and emotional consequences for you and your family. You shouldn’t have to struggle with the consequences of your injury on your own. A negligent medical professional is to blame. They should be held fully accountable for the harm they’ve caused.
While you can pursue compensation on your own, it’s best to work with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. Medical malpractice cases are notoriously difficult. Insurance companies will do whatever they can to stand between you and the money you deserve. You’re much more likely to receive proper compensation when you hire an attorney to handle your case.
Here’s why you should call Citywide Law Group if you’ve been harmed because of a surgical error:
- You May Not Know What Your Case is Worth. Surgical malpractice cases can be very difficult to value. Our attorneys work with experts to make sure that your case isn’t undervalued. This will help to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
- More Than One Person May Be At Fault. Don’t limit your lawsuit to your surgeon. Many people were probably involved in your surgery and medical care in some way. Any of these individuals could have contributed to your injury. Our attorneys will pursue compensation from anyone who may have caused you harm.
- You May Be Blamed For Your Own Injuries. Insurance companies, hospital administration, and doctors may try to blame you for your own injuries. If they’re successful, your financial recovery can be prevented or reduced. Our attorneys will fight to make sure that these tactics aren’t successful.
- You Need Time to Get Better. Surgical errors can have immediate and long-lasting consequences. You need to focus all of your time and attention on getting better. This isn’t possible if you’re trying to navigate a lawsuit on your own. Hiring an attorney will not only help you secure a substantial award, but also give you time to focus on yourself.
Contact the Los Angeles surgical error attorneys at Citywide Law Group to schedule your free consultation. We will review your case and help you understand your legal rights and options.
Common Surgical Errors
What is a surgical error? A surgical error is any mistake committed by a surgeon or medical professional that harms a patient. A study by John’s Hopkins Medicine suggests that there are more than 4,000 surgical errors in operating rooms across the country every year. That’s more than 10 surgical errors every day.
While there are many different types of surgical errors, some are reported more frequently than others.
Foreign Object Left in the Body: There is no excuse for leaving a foreign object, such as a towel or instrument, inside of a patient after surgery. Unfortunately, surgeons do make this mistake. Foreign objects can cause serious harm, including life-threatening infections and other complications.
Wrong Site: Sometimes surgeries are performed on the wrong body part or wrong side of the body. This can subject patients to unnecessary incisions and risk permanent damage. The risk of infection and complications can increase significantly when a surgeon performs a procedure on the wrong site.
Wrong Patient: Lapses in communication can lead to surgical errors. While it is rare, there are times when surgeons will perform a procedure on the wrong patient.
Wrong Procedure: Instructions and intentions for surgery must be clear. Many hospitals require surgeons and medical staff to confirm the details of a procedure in the operating room before it begins. This helps to prevent surgeons from performing the wrong procedure on their patient.
Accidental Incisions: Surgeons try to limit the incisions that are made in a patient during a surgical procedure. Unnecessary incisions can increase the risk of bleeding and infection. Many surgical errors are attributed to accidental incisions that are a result of improper marking, poor communication, or rushed procedures.
Use of the Wrong Instrument: Every medical instrument and surgical tool has a unique and specific purpose. Patients can suffer severe harm if a surgeon fails to use the best and most appropriate instruments during an operation.
Causes of Surgical Errors
Surgeons, like other medical professionals, are held to high standards. A surgeon is expected to use the level of skill, knowledge, and care that another reasonably careful surgeon would use under the same or similar circumstances. When a surgeon fails to provide this standard of care they can be considered negligent. Negligence can lead to mistakes during surgery.
Negligence and surgical errors happen for many reasons, including:
- Lapses in judgment
- Practicing medicine while intoxicated or impaired
- Lack of surgical protocols
- Inadequate patient intake procedures
- Rushing through surgery, and
- Distractions during surgery.
Surgical errors can often be prevented. If your surgeon was negligent and made a preventable mistake, you can demand compensation. Call Citywide Law Group today to learn more.
Compensation for Victims of Surgical Errors
Surgical errors are never events. In other words, they’re never supposed to happen when surgeons exercise proper judgment and care. These mistakes can have devastating physical, emotional, and financial consequences for you and your family. Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against your negligent surgeon can help you recover the money you need during this difficult time in your life.
Our personal injury lawyers will aggressively pursue monetary damages on your behalf. We’ll demand compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Nursing care
- Lost wages
- Chronic pain
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
Call our office to find out how our legal team can help you maximize your financial award. Your first consultation is free, so do not hesitate to call for help today.
The Statute of Limitations for Surgical Error Claims
Your right to file a lawsuit will not last forever. California state law imposes strict statutes of limitations on all personal injury cases, including those involving medical negligence. Failing to file your claim on time will prevent you from getting the money you need and deserve.
In most cases, your surgical error malpractice lawsuit must be filed within three years of the date of the botched surgery.
However, some surgical errors won’t be apparent to you right away. It could take years to discover that a surgeon mistakenly left a foreign object in your body. The statute of limitations can be extended when there is a reasonable delay in the discovery of your injury. In these situations, you must file your claim within one year of the date you learn about your injury.
Have you been harmed because of a surgical error? Contact Citywide Law Group to learn about your legal options. You may have the right to file a lawsuit to recover compensation from your negligent surgeon. Our attorneys can help you maximize your financial award. Call our office to schedule a free case assessment today.