Many surgical procedures have risks, but the surgeon and the surgical team should take every possible care to assure their negligence or actions do not add to those risks. When the surgical team does not meet accepted standards of care, when surgical errors cause serious injury or death, talk to a medical malpractice lawyer.
Medical malpractice is a demanding area of law that requires experience, financial resources, and access to medical experts. At the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C. in Phoenix, Arizona, our medical malpractice attorneys have a strong reputation built on more than 25 years of experience and our record of verdicts and settlements.
Lack of attention and care causes surgical errors.
Hospitals, surgeons, and their lawyers may try to convince a patient and the patient’s family that a surgical error was not really a life-threatening (or life-ending) mistake. As attorneys experienced with medical malpractice cases, we know the right questions to ask and the right experts to consult to get to the truth of why a patient was seriously injured. Some surgical errors include:
- Nicking a nerve or artery during surgery
- Puncturing an organ or membrane
- Making incisions in the wrong body part
- Amputating the wrong limb
- Surgical instruments or sponges left inside a patient
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Performing unnecessary surgeries
- Improper surgical technique
Surgical errors happen for many reasons: a tired, overworked surgeon; illegible or missing instructions among the health care team members; lack of training; unfamiliarity with operating room equipment and technologies; or alcohol and drug addictions of team members. Whatever the cause of the error, the surgeon and/or the hospital must be held accountable for the injuries they have caused.
If you have been seriously injured by a surgical error, contact a medical malpractice attorney. Snyder & Wenner, P.C. represents clients in Phoenix, throughout Arizona, and nationwide.