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What are some common causes of surgical errors?

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

Many Livonia area residents will have to undergo surgery at some point. A surgery is a major deal and there are many things that can go wrong. Fortunately, most surgeries go as planned and a patient recovers well. But despite changes in the medical system, surgical errors continue to happen.

Surgeons are tasked with some of the more life-threatening work in the world. Unfortunately, not all surgeons perform their work with the diligence that is required to keep patients safe. Some common surgical errors include:

  • Unnecessary surgeries
  • Leaving surgical instruments and supplies inside the patient
  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Cutting an organ or another part of the body by mistake
  • Infections
  • Operating on wrong part of the body
  • Operating on the wrong patient
  • Failing to address surgical complications
  • Performing the wrong surgery on the patient

These mistakes can seriously injure or even kill a patient. If a patient believes they have been the victim of a surgical error, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts to help their client understand what happened.

There are many reasons why surgical errors happen including fatigue, lack of training, communication errors, drugs or alcohol use, insufficient staffing, etc. An attorney can get to the bottom of the incident and make sure their client receives the compensation they deserve. Compensation that can help with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. It is important to hold these medical professionals accountable for their mistakes so that they don’t harm anyone else.