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Finding out you need surgery to treat an illness or injury is often a scary experience. Although surgery is safer in 2020 than it has ever been, there are still many risks associated with any procedure, whether they’re routine outpatient surgeries or more invasive surgeries that require prolonged stays in the hospital.
The outcome that no patient should have to experience is a complication or even death due to a surgical error, which can be defined as a preventable mistake during a surgical procedure. Unfortunately, that’s reality for many Americans every year. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that surgical errors occur at least 4,000 times annually in the U.S., putting many patients’ lives and well-being at risk.
Surgery is a difficult, time-consuming, and delicate procedure that requires years of education and training, intense focus, and a team of supporting staff to complete properly. Surgeons and their teams must follow strict protocols and do everything “by the book” to give their patients the best chance of survival and recovery, and when they fail to do so, serious complications can occur.
Common examples of surgical errors include:
Surgeons are human, and they can’t be perfect in every procedure they perform. However, they are expected to do everything in their power to protect their patients and give them the best possible chance of recovery.
When surgeons put their patients at unnecessary risk of complications or death, it may be due to:
At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, we believe that people who are harmed by negligent medical professionals deserve maximum compensation. That’s especially true for people who trusted surgeons to operate on them, only to suffer severe complications due to careless mistakes.
Our Ohio medical malpractice lawyers are here to help if you or someone you love was harmed by a negligent surgeon or hospital during surgery. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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