Chicago Surgical Error Attorneys
Ttrust we instill in a physician and his or her medical team when we undergo a surgical procedure is really beyond compare. We literally are placing our lives in their hands. While there is never a guarantee in any medical procedure, when physicians adhere to trusted technique, the incidence of medical errors– such as surgical mistakes– can be significantly reduced.
As an established Chicago medical malpractice law firm, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is ready to prosecute preventable surgical error cases involved serious injury or death to the fullest extent of the law in Illinois and obtain financial compensation for you.
Medical Professionals Can Be Held AccountableIf you have been injured by a mistake that the health care provider made, you can file a medical malpractice claim. The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC regularly work with medical experts on medical malpractice cases. Call us today for a free consultation.
Medical Practitioners Deviation from Good Surgical Care
While surgeons are not responsible for all complications or “bad outcomes,” surgeons are responsible for resulting permanent disability and death when their errors are considered to be “deviations from the standard of care” — in other words, when they fail to act as a reasonable physician.
Distinguishing a Poor Outcome From Medical Malpractice Following a Surgical ProcedureAs experienced Chicago surgical error attorneys, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help make sense of your situation and can distinguish between mistakes that are unavoidable and those that are the result of improper surgical care.
The following types of surgical error merit further investigation and may be attributable to errors made negligent surgeons or medical staff:
- Organs cut or punctured that were not involved in the procedure
- Fractured bones with unknown origin
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Leaving behind surgical instruments
- Anesthesiologist errors (anesthesia error)
- Burns of unknown origin
- Severe postoperative infection
Surgical Errors That Simply Should Not HappenUnfortunately, some errors occur that are considered “never events”, meaning that they mistake that should never happen yet they do. Wrong patient and wrong-site surgeries are not just an urban legend. A study in 2010 at the University of Colorado studied the cause of such events. The researchers looked at 25 wrong patients and 107 wrong-site surgeries that were performed between 2002 and 2006. The study concluded the following were the causes of the misplaced surgeries:
- Judgment. The judgment came into play in 85% of the wrong site surgeries
- Communication. In 100% of the wrong patient cases, poor communication was cited as a cause of the error.
- Diagnosis. In over half of the wrong patient surgeries, the diagnosis was listed as one of the causes of the medical mistake.
According to the study, each week an average of 39 objects are left inside patients, 20 surgeries are performed on the wrong person and 20 more surgeries are performed on the wrong site. With so many “never events” happening every day in surgery, it can only be speculated on how many other medical errors are made as well during the course of a patient’s pre-operative and post-operative care.
Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers Prosecuting Surgical Mistakes
The surgical error lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to fully prosecuting all medical malpractice claims to the fullest extent of the law in Illinois or applicable jurisdiction. When the medical error results in the death of a family member, we will pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act.
We offer a free consultation for all victims of medical malpractice to advise you on your legal rights regarding a possible surgical error lawsuit and we will handle your case on a contingency fee arrangement—with an attorneys’ fee-only charged if there is a recovery for you.