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Pursuing Compensation for Injuries Caused By Surgical Error

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Libertyville surgical error attorneyWhen people choose the surgeon they believe is the right choice to operate on them, they are putting complete faith in the hands of the medical professional. While the vast majority of surgeries end successfully, in some cases, surgeries can go terribly wrong. According to a study designed to find the true number of surgical errors that occur across the United States, errors in the operating room are much more common than we would like to assume. 

Medical professionals refer to the most common forms of surgical error as “never events,” because they would ideally never occur. Yet, even in a country with the greatest medical advancements and most distinguished doctors, surgical errors occur over 4,000 times each year throughout the United States. If you or a loved one have suffered any form of medical malpractice, it is important to seek out legal representation. 

Most Common Forms of Surgical Error 

In an ideal world, no surgical errors would ever occur. However, in all reality, some forms of surgical error are fairly common. The most common form of surgical error is “wrong side” surgery, which makes up approximately 60% of all annual surgical errors. Wrong side errors occur when a doctor is supposed to operate surgically on one limb and accidentally operates on the other. 

“Wrong site” errors are also fairly common and are disproportionately witnessed in spinal surgeries, in which the surgeon operates on the wrong level of the spine. Wrong site errors occur roughly 20 times each week throughout hospitals nationwide. 

“Wrong patient” errors are far less common, constituting only 5% of all surgical errors. Wrong patient errors usually occur with patients who have the same last or first name as another patient. 

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim 

If you believe that you or your family have been impacted by a doctor’s negligence in the form of surgical errors, it is time to think about filing a medical malpractice claim. The first step to filing a medical malpractice claim is contacting a legal team you can trust. Your legal representatives will help you decide if your claim has merit and what appropriate financial compensation may look like. Surgical errors can come with a wide variety of financial burdens, including physical damage to the body and the need for future surgical operations and expensive physical therapy. 

Meet With a Lake County Medical Malpractice Lawyer  

At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C., our team of legal professionals have spent years helping people who have been harmed by medical malpractice. An experienced attorney can make all the difference in the success of your case, ensuring that you are able to establish liability and receive the full and fair compensation you deserve. To set up a free consultation with a Waukegan surgical malpractice attorney, call us today at 847-662-3303. 

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20121220/thousands-mistakes-surgery#1

https://psnet.ahrq.gov/primers/primer/18/wrong-site-wrong-procedure-and-wrong-patient-surgery

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