Doctors, surgeons, and medical staff are all highly trained professionals, but just like everyone else, they can make mistakes. If these errors are egregious enough, then this could mean there are grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
If you have been the victim of a surgical mistake or botched medical care in New Port Richey, Port Richey, Hudson, Dade City, Holiday, Trinity, Zephyrhills, Land O’Lakes, Wesley Chapel, or elsewhere in Pasco County, then we urge you to contact our Pasco County Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton right away for a free consultation so that we can assess your unique situation and determine if you have a valid claim for financial compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Surgical Errors That Could Be Medical Malpractice
Surgeons are required to provide medical care that is in line with their many years of education and experience. However, mistakes can and do happen, and some of the most common surgical mistakes are:
- Surgery on the wrong body part
- Surgery on the wrong patient – this can happen when medical records get mixed up
- Surgeon leaving an object behind in the body of patient (sponge, scalpel, etc.)
- Surgery that causes nerve damage
- Surgery that causes organ damage
- Surgery that leads to infection
While mistakes can happen, not all errors made during surgery warrant a medical malpractice suit. The mistake must be one that causes injury to the patient and fails to meet the accepted standards of medical care set forth by the medical community. This is determined by the level of care that a healthcare provider with the same education and experience would provide a patient when faced with the same or similar circumstances.
Why Surgical Mistakes Happen
There are really numerous reasons why medical mistakes happen, but most of them can be linked back to:
- Lack of skills or training to properly complete the treatment
- Poor preoperative planning
- Lack of communication with surgical staff
- Alcohol or drug use
- Extreme fatigue
Surgical mistakes can cause great harm to patients, leaving them suffering from serious injuries and other life-threatening complications, including:
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Wrongful death
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for Surgical Errors
If your surgery went awry due to an error or oversight, then you want to enlist the help of a qualified medical malpractice attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for at-home care, corrective surgeries, rehabilitation and physical therapy, prescriptions medications, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Our Pasco County Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you understand your rights and what steps to take to be successful in your medical malpractice claim against a surgeon, medical staff, or hospital. We routinely handle cases involving doctor and hospital negligence and are ready to help you with your legal claim. Call us now at 727-847-2299 or contact us online for a completely free consultation. If we mutually decide to proceed with a medical malpractice claim, then you will pay no up-front fees unless we are able to secure a recovery on your behalf.