Maryland Surgical Error Lawyers
Fighting for Clients in Maryland and DC
No surgery is guaranteed to go perfectly well. In fact, one thing surgeons
must make clear is that there are risks to surgery—there may be
unpredictable and unavoidable complications. Sadly, however, an operation
can also go wrong due to medical negligence.
If you were injured by a surgical mistake or error, you may have a right
to hold health care providers accountable. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we
help clients uncover the truth about their injuries, finding any underlying
surgical errors and the parties responsible for them. We are committed
to helping our clients build a strong future. After medical negligence,
that means recovering maximum compensation for medical expenses, pain
and suffering, lost wages, and other damages, such as future medical care
and assistance with household activities, among others. In cases of medical
negligence, both the injured patient and certain members of his or her
family may be entitled to damages, depending on the impact of the patient’s
injury on the rest of the family.
Our surgical error attorneys are here to take your call 24/7. Why wait?
Call (301) 812-4777 for help in Maryland and DC.
Filing a Surgical Error Lawsuit
Under state law, medical professionals owe their patients a certain standard
of care, which simply means that doctors and surgeons must make sure to
follow medical industry standards to avoid causing harm to patients. They
can be held accountable should they violate these standards and cause
injury to a patient, even if such injury was unintentional.
Fortunately for surgical error victims, this means they have a legal right
to pursue compensation through a lawsuit.. In general, a person must file
a lawsuit within three years from the date of the medical negligence,
so contact our experienced team of medical malpractice attorneys today
for us to start investigating your potential claim.
If a child was injured during surgery, they have until their 21st birthday
to file a lawsuit.
What Is Considered a Surgical Error?
Any error made during surgery can be called a “surgical error,”
but injured patients can only file a claim if they can prove that the
error that injured them was both preventable and unexpected. In other
words, it must be the result of a medical professional’s negligence
before, during, or after surgery.
Common Surgical Errors
Several of the most common surgical errors are:
- Ordering the incorrect procedure
- Failing to obtain informed consent from the patient regarding how the surgery
will be performed, risks or known complications of the surgery, and alternatives
to surgery, including whether non-surgical treatment is an option
- Performing the surgery incorrectly
- Failing to inform a patient on how to prepare for surgery
- Failing to consider the patient’s medical history, risk factors, etc.
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Making an incision at the incorrect location
- Using defective or unsterilized surgical equipment
- Surgically inserting a medical device in the wrong place/position
- Discharging a patient too soon after surgery
- Failing to give the patient the postoperative care they need
Take care to note that this list is not exhaustive. Medical professionals
and institutions can make many different mistakes before, during, and
after surgery, which is why it is important to have an experienced medical
negligence attorney review the facts and medical records of your case
in order to determine if you have a basis for a lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered preventable and unexpected injury/complications
due to a botched surgery, you may have a case.