A surgical injury refers to the harm done to a patient as the result of any mistake made during an invasive procedure, particularly where a doctor, anesthetist, nurse, or other medical professional fails to perform their duties correctly – regardless of intent.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical injury, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses and suffering . Please contact us today to speak with a qualified attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and options.
Causes of Surgical Injury
Some of the more common causes of surgical injury include:
• Use of unsanitary surgical instruments
• Surgical instrument or sponge left in the body
• Wrong surgical procedure performed
Surgical injuries range in severity from minor to severe and even life threatening. Some of the most devastating surgical injuries include serious infections, perforated or damaged organs, paralysis, permanent disability , and more .
Surgical Injury Statistics
The occurrence of surgical injury in the United States has increased dramatically in recent years, according to a report issued by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). In fact, the JCAHO stated that the number of surgical injury cases has increased 10 times since 1998.
The majority of documented surgical injury cases involve wrong site surgeries, or those performed on the wrong limb, organ, or other area of the body. However, 13 percent of surgical injuries involve wrong patient surgeries and 11 percent involve the wrong medical procedure.
Surgical Injury: What You Can Do
Individuals who have suffered a surgical injury may be eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to recover damages including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. However, because a statute of limitations restricts the time an individual has to file a claim, it is important to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
Victim of a Surgical Injury? Please contact us today for a FREE consultation with a caring and qualified medical malpractice lawyer who can evaluate your case and help you determine a course of action.
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