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Injured During Surgery? Let a Denver Injury Attorney Help
Undergoing surgery is a time when we are at our most vulnerable. Often under the effects of anesthesia, surgery patients must place an extraordinary amount of trust in their doctors, as both surgical procedures themselves and the results of undergoing surgery have the potential for life-changing (and even life-threatening) complications.
While surgery inherently involves certain risks, patients who give their informed consent to undergo surgery have the right to expect that their procedures will be performed with precision, professionalism and expertise. Sadly, this is not always the case. Surgical errors are alarmingly common, and each year countless patients suffer harm as a result of their surgeons’ mistakes. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered due to a mistake during surgery, it is important that you seek experienced legal representation. Our firm is available 24/7, and we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation about your legal rights.
When Does a Surgical Error Constitute Medical Malpractice?
Like other doctors, surgeons in both emergency and non-emergency settings must exercise a certain degree of professional judgment. In certain circumstances, an injury or complication from surgery can result from a medically-justified judgment call, and in these circumstances injured patients may not be entitled to financial compensation. However, there is a long list of surgical mistakes for which the defense of professional judgment is not available, and we encourage anyone who is concerned about injuries or complications from surgery to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Some common examples of surgical errors constituting medical malpractice include:
- Anesthesia Errors – Including failing to properly anesthetize, administering an improper anesthetic, and failing to monitor patients under anesthesia.
- Failing to Maintain a Sterilized Environment – When an operating room is not properly sterilized, a surgical patient can be exposed to a host of potentially-serious infections.
- Leaving Surgical Instruments Inside Patients – Despite clear protocols for finalizing surgical procedures, many patients suffer severe pain and complications due to surgical sponges, clamps, retractors, electrodes, drains and other instruments being left inside their bodies.
- Mistakes During Surgery – From accidental incisions to causing damage to a patient’s internal organs, it often takes only a simple surgical mistake to lead to a lifetime of consequences.
- Unnecessary Surgical Procedures – Performing surgical procedures that are not medically-necessary can lead to a variety of potentially-harmful complications.
- Wrong-Patient Surgery – Medical record mix-ups, hospital overcrowding, and other administrative and medical errors can lead to a surgical procedure being performed on the wrong patient.
- Wrong-Site Surgery – Performing a surgical procedure on the wrong body part or the wrong side of the body is a negligent mistake that is far too common in professional medical settings.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
For more information about surgical errors constituting medical malpractice, please contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. You may be entitled to a significant financial recovery for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses. To speak with a Denver injury attorney in confidence, please call (303) 333-8000 or request an appointment online today.