Florida Surgical Error Lawyer
Were You Injured During Surgery? Freidin Brown, P.A. Can Help You Take Action.
Modern medicine has revolutionized the way surgery is performed, allowing patients to make what may have once been impossible or improbable recoveries. Although many surgeries today can be performed using minimally invasive techniques or advanced technologies that make for better prognoses and faster healing, there are still inherent risks with any surgical procedure – from minor outpatient procedures to the most serious major surgeries.
While there are expected risks in surgery, those risks can and should be appropriately managed with acceptable treatment, or minimized through the avoidance of negligence or substandard care. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
Undergoing surgery can be a scary and stressful experience, not just for the patient, but for his or her family as well. When a surgical error is made, the need for additional surgical intervention is often required. If you have been the victim of a surgical error, we at Freidin Brown, P.A. wish to help. Our team of Florida surgical error lawyers can help you file an injury claim against the responsible medical professional or hospital. Our firm has taken legal action against doctors, nurses, and surgeons. To schedule a FREE case evaluation with a Florida medical malpractice lawyer, please contact our firm at 866-716-7292.
Examining the Most Common Types of Surgical Errors
We trust medical professionals with our lives when we agree to surgery. However, sometimes mistakes are made and all different types of surgical errors may occur. The impact of this type of oversight can be severe and sometimes even fatal. Once the mistake is discovered, appropriate corrective treatment should be sought. You should also speak to a lawyer about your legal options.
Freidin Brown, P.A. has handled surgical error cases involving:
- Operating on the wrong side of the body
- Leaving a foreign object in the patient’s body
- Performing an incision at the wrong location
- Anesthesia errors occurring during surgery
- Complications arising after the surgery
At Freidin Brown, P.A. we have been helping surgical error victims recover compensation for over 100 years combined. We know that people in these situations feel that, not only have their bodies been violated, but that the trust they placed in their doctors and surgeons has been breached. If you or a loved one has been the victim of any type of surgical error, we’re here to help you.
Before, During & After Surgery
Medical malpractice can occur in a number of ways anytime a patient is being treated by a medical professional, and during any phase of the surgical process:
- Pre-Surgery – Doctors who recommend a surgical procedure for their patients have an obligation to ensure they are fully apprised of the procedure, know what to expect, and understand what they should be doing to prepare. They and other health care providers also need to adequately prepare and plan for surgery, which can mean monitoring a patient’s condition, conducting evaluations to address any potential complications that may be exacerbated by surgery, and appropriately managing risks by meeting their “duty of care,” or the accepted standards of their profession and the particular procedure involved. For example, failing to identify when a patient is taking a certain medication or when they have a certain condition that would be considered risk factors for a particular procedure could result in preventable complications and injuries during surgery. Medical professionals who are negligent during pre-operative care may be held liable when their failures led to preventable harm.
- During Surgery – Statistics show that a majority of surgical errors (upwards of 75) occur during surgery. There are many ways these surgical errors can occur, but they generally involve a health care provider’s negligence, substandard care, and failure to meet professional standards. When evaluating whether the conduct of medical professionals is substandard, the general rule is to assess whether a reasonably skilled medical professional under the same or similar circumstances would have acted otherwise in order to prevent patient harm.
- Post-Surgery – Post-operative care is vital to a patient’s health and recovery, as there are many risks related to infections and post-surgery complications. Negligence during this phase of the surgical process can have a tremendous adverse impact on patient safety, which is why there are many guidelines and standards to follow, whether surgery is performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Medical professionals also have an obligation to respond to any post-surgical complications appropriately so as to avoid preventable injuries.
Common Surgical Errors
Aside from the general risks that exist before, during, and after a surgery, and the general obligations of medical professionals during those phases of the surgical process, it is important to know what types of surgical errors are most common. These include:
- Anesthesia errors – Anesthesia errors can include using the wrong medication, dosage errors, failures to screen medical history and other medications, etc.
- Foreign objects left behind – This involves leaving surgical tools, pads, gauze, and other items in a patient’s body, which can cause pain, serious infections, and even death.
- Wrong-site surgery – Wrong-site surgeries are more common than most would think, and commonly include errors such as operating on the wrong body part, operating on the wrong side of the body (right v. left), and removing the wrong organ.
- Wrong patient surgery – These surgical mistakes generally result from administrative hospital errors and communication errors, and may lead to a patient undergoing a procedure that should have been performed on a different patient.
- Nerve damage – Negligent medical professionals may cause preventable harm during surgical procedures by damages nerves, which can result in long-term, if not life-long, physical limitations or disabilities.
How Can Our Florida Medical Malpractice Lawyers Assist You?
At our firm, we treat each case as a top priority. Because no two personal injury cases are exactly alike, we craft personalized legal strategies for each client. With millions of dollars recovered, our firm has the proven ability to address even the most challenging of cases. We leave no detail overlooked and seek the help of medical experts to strengthen the validity of your claim.
Why should you entrust your medical malpractice case to our firm?
- Our team shares more than 100 years of experience
- Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients
- We offer legal representation from two board certified experts
- We work on a contingency fee basis – no recovery, no fee
- We have tried cases in front of a jury over 300 times
We will evaluate the merit of your claim and, if your injuries rise to a level that qualifies as medical malpractice, we will start assembling your case. The nurses we have on staff will assist us with the medical complexities these cases sometimes involve, and we may consult with other medical experts to confirm our findings. We are here to provide the most detailed counsel we can.
Contact The Florida Surgical Error Lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. to Get Started on Your Case
As soon as you entrust us with your case, we will begin working on resolving your case in a timely and effective manner. We realize that this kind of experience can easily shake your faith in medical professionals. Our Florida surgical error lawyers will help ensure that you receive top-notch medical attention as soon as possible. In the event your claim does not settle, we will pursue your case in court using all of the evidence we have gathered to prove negligence and convince the jury that maximum compensation should be awarded. Ready to take action? Contact our Florida medical malpractice lawyers for a free review!