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Surgery is necessary to save lives and treat injuries or illnesses. But no matter how many precautions are taken, surgery always carries risks. Many of these risks are unavoidable and unpredictable, but some aren’t.
Surgeons are trained to work safely during an operation, as a single error can have severe and permanent consequences for the patient. If a surgeon makes a mistake due to negligence—or failure to use reasonable care—it can be a matter of life and death.
The Ohio medical malpractice attorneys at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy have seen the effects of negligence during surgery, and we know how devastating it can be. If you or a loved one has been injured due to surgical malpractice, we can help you.
Examples of Surgical Malpractice
During surgery, even small errors can lead to major complications. Surgeons must maintain a high level of concentration for long periods of time—a slip of the hand can cause delicate nerves and blood vessels to be severed in an instant, leading to paralysis or death.
Other common examples of surgical malpractice include:
- Wrong-Site Surgery
When a surgeon operates on the wrong part of the body, it’s considered wrong-site surgery. Poor patient record keeping can cause surgeons and hospital staff to make mistakes during surgery, including the amputation of healthy limbs.
- Anesthesia Error
Most major surgeries require the use of anesthesia. If a patient receives too little anesthesia, he or she may wake up during surgery and suffer from extreme pain. On the other hand, too much anesthesia can cause illness or even death.
- Left Behind Surgical Tools
Modern surgery involves the use of more than 100 different tools and devices. Because many people are involved in a surgical operation, it’s possible for one or more of those tools to accidentally be lost inside a patient’s body. This can cause severe internal bleeding, infection, and more medical bills for additional surgeries.
Dealing with the aftermath of surgical malpractice can be difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone. Get a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer from Nurenberg Paris on your side today. We have the resources to take on your claim and get you the compensation you need for your injuries. Let our experienced trial lawyers go to work for you.
Call us at (888) 900-6075 or fill out a free initial consultation form and get the help you need today.