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Surgery is a stressful, often terrifying experience. You have no control over what's happening, and yet it's absolutely crucial that you receive the best possible care from your surgical team. And that's rightly what we expect from those performing such operations.
Surgical errors are among the most common forms of medical malpractice in Chicago and around the nation. Surgery is a complicated, dangerous endeavor, but that doesn't get surgeons off the hook when their mistakes hurt or kill innocent patients.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in the Chicago, Illinois area as a result of a surgical error or other form of medical malpractice, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 759-1616 for a free consultation.
Types Of Surgical Errors
As with all forms of medical malpractice, cases involving surgical errors will hinge on the standard of care governing the relevant procedure. If it can be shown that the surgical team violated an accepted standard of care and made a mistake that caused harm to the patient, a medical malpractice suit is appropriate.
Surgery is dangerous, and mistakes are tragically common. We have helped clients who were hurt by:
- Instruments left in patients
- Anesthesia errors
- A surgeon accidentally cutting nearby tissue
- Avoidable infections
- Removal of the wrong limb
- Unnecessary surgery
Some of those might sound ridiculous and easily avoidable, but real life cases involving surgical instruments being left in patients are tragically common. And many surgeons have amputated the wrong limb as a result of mis-communication with other parties in the hospital.
Our medical malpractice lawyers have investigated many cases involving tragic surgical errors. They know how to examine medical documents and understand how to make a compelling case on your behalf when you've been victimized by a mistake in the operating room.
To speak with an experienced Chicago, Illinois medical malpractice lawyer at a free initial consultation, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 759-1616 for a free consultation.
How Do You Prove a Surgical Error?
One of the primary aspects of proving surgical error and medical malpractice is providing negligence. To win a lawsuit for negligence during surgery, there are four essential elements that need to be established, including owing a duty to the victim, breaching the duty to the victim, the result of injury or trauma, and suffering damages, whether monetary or emotional. With the help of our team at Sklare Law Group, we can assist you in determining if you meet these minimum qualifications to file a lawsuit and be successful in getting the compensation you need.
What Can I Do if a Surgeon Messes up My Surgery?
If you think a surgeon has made an error during your surgery, it is important to seek legal advice from Sklare Law Group as soon as possible. Our team of experienced attorneys will assess the severity of the mistake and advise you on the best course of action. Depending on the situation, we may suggest filing a medical malpractice suit against the surgeon and/or the hospital. We can also help you explore other options, such as seeking compensation from a medical malpractice insurance provider or pursuing a medical negligence claim through your health insurer.
What Are Some Common Types of Surgical Errors?
Surgical errors can range from minor mistakes to more serious issues that may result in complications for the patient. A few examples of common surgical errors include wrong-site surgery, improper sterilization of instruments, failure to diagnose a medical condition, incorrect administration of anesthesia, and leaving foreign objects in the body after surgery. Depending on the severity of the mistake, these errors can have long-term physical or psychological effects on the patient.
What Kind of Proof Should I Bring to My Lawyer for My Surgical Error Lawsuit?
It is important to bring all of your proof to the consultation with your lawyer. This includes medical documents, including records and scans, photographs, witness statements, and any other evidence that can help support your claim. You should also include a detailed description of the events leading up to and during your surgery. The more information you can provide us, the better prepared we will be to fight for your rights. At Sklare Law Group, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully argue your case in court.
What Are the Five Most Common Errors That Lead to Medical Malpractice Claims?
There are several errors that can result in a medical malpractice claim. These include misdiagnosis and failure to properly diagnose, errors with prescription medications, surgical errors, errors during anesthesia, and errors that can occur during childbirth. All of these fall under medical malpractice and, with the help of a skilled attorney, can be fought in the courtroom to provide proper compensation.
Which Element of Medical Malpractice Is Difficult To Prove?
One element of a medical malpractice lawsuit is that the mistake must cause actual harm. This can be difficult to understand as it requires two elements: causation and actual harm. If the error caused no actual harm or was not the legal cause of harm, then there is no basis for compensation, and a lawsuit cannot be successful. To determine if you have the right elements to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice, such as surgical errors, we invite you to call our team at Sklare Law Group to discuss your situation further.