Surgical Errors

Chicago Surgical Error Cases

Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Chicago, IL

Of the various forms of medical malpractice, surgical errors are among the most common. Unfortunately, surgical errors occur with alarming regularity. Of course, when an act of medical malpractice occurs during surgery, the consequences can be particularly severe. A surgical error can take many forms.

Common examples include the following:

  • Operating on the wrong organ or body part
  • Performing surgery on the wrong side of a patient
  • Leaving surgical tools and/or equipment inside of a patient following the surgery
  • Amputating the wrong limb
  • Accidentally puncturing, tearing or cutting a nearby organ or other body part
  • Anesthesia errors

Preventing Surgical Errors

A 2008 study revealed that 1 out of every 10 patients who died within 3 months of surgery died because of a preventable error, and that one third of the deaths occurred after the initial hospital discharge. Obviously, this is a serious and prevalent problem. Those going in for surgery should be aware that there are certain steps to take in order to reduce the likelihood that one will become the victim of medical malpractice while in surgery.

The steps include:

  • Check out your doctor and hospital - Ask your doctor how many times he or she has actually performed the procedure. You should then compare this number with other physicians. You can research your hospital at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website, which has detailed information about the different procedures performed at various hospitals.
  • Tell the hospital staff who you are and why you are having surgery - Be sure to tell the doctors and nurses at the hospital your name, age, birth date and the type of surgery you are having. This is a useful tool to prevent receiving a surgery actually intended for another patient.
  • Ensure that your doctor initials your surgical site - Be sure that your surgeon signs his or her initials directly on your surgical site before the surgery.
  • Confirm the proper surgical site with your surgeon immediately before the surgery.
  • Be sure to have an advocate with you - ask a friend or family member to go with you to the hospital on the day of your surgery, and train them to be your advocate. Make sure that your advocate has all of the information they need in order to do their job properly, which is to represent your interests.

While many of these steps seem obvious, patients rarely take them prior to a surgery. In following these simple steps, you can greatly reduce the odds that you will be the victim of a surgical error. Talk to a Chicago injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case.

Contact Pavich Law Group, P.C.!

However, if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in the form of a surgical error, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. In such a case, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced medical malpractice attorney today. Please contact the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Pavich Law Group, P.C. today for a free consultation.

Our skilled Chicago personal injury lawyers have the experience needed to successfully advocate on your behalf.