The Damages of Surgical Errors Are Beyond Calculation
Surgeons make more than 4,000 mistakes every year. A study of 9,744 malpractice payments from 1990 to 2010 show that nearly half of those settlements and verdicts involved a foreign object being left behind, while the other half involved the performance of the wrong procedure or executing the correct procedure but in the wrong site. With so many significant medical errors being made so frequently, it’s no wonder that malpractice claims are so prevalent. A Tulsa medical malpractice attorney is prepared to help you with a claim if you’ve suffered harm at the hands of someone who was supposed to heal you.
Types of surgical errors
When a patient is injured by a surgeon who’s negligent, meaning that his or her standard of care was less than that of reasonably competent surgeons performing in the same area of surgery, a medical malpractice suit may be warranted. Oklahoma Statutes sections 76.17–76.19 outline medical practice actions in Oklahoma.
Surgical errors that lead to lawsuits include the following:
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Forgetting instruments or other objects in the patient
- Completing surgery on the wrong body part
- Lacerating or puncturing an organ
- Causing postoperative infections
- Executing the wrong surgery
- Administering anesthesia incorrectly
- Damaging nerves
Every surgery carries a degree of risk, but the errors listed above are exceptional mistakes that extend beyond what is reasonably acceptable.
Common causes of surgical errors
Doctors and their staff have established procedures to avoid costly errors. Nevertheless, mistakes occur. Common causes of such mistakes include neglect, fatigue and simple incompetence. Additional causes include improper planning and miscommunication between staff.
If you were injured during a surgical procedure, you may be able to recover damages. Our medical malpractice attorneys offer free consultations. We have experience helping Oklahomans recover what they deserve in medical malpractice actions.