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How Do Surgical Errors Result in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?

Medical malpractice lawsuits vary quite often; however, negligence is always present in one way or another. One of the worst forms of medical malpractice is a surgical error. This type of malpractice occurs far more often than many would think. Such surgical errors can lead to patients’ long-term suffering.

It’s worth noting that most surgical errors are wholly preventable. Often, the error is the direct result of a medical practitioner’s negligence.

How Do Surgical Errors Happen?

Surgical errors can happen in a variety of ways, but often result from miscommunication. When a doctor does not review a patient’s medical records or does not ensure they’re operating on the correct patient, they may commit disastrous mistakes. Common examples include when a doctor performs surgery on the wrong part of a patient’s body or performs surgery on the wrong person.

Why is a Lawsuit Necessary?

Surgical errors often result in long-term medical problems for patients. An example of this may include a doctor leaving an object inside of a patient. This action can create internal organ damage or infections, leading to additional surgery and unexpected medical bills for the patient.

Such a terrible incident proves that victims of surgical errors often endure long-term financial hardships from the additional cost of medical care, home care, lost income, physical therapy, and more.

A lawsuit may be the only way for a medical malpractice victim to recover the compensation they need to pay for sudden expenses brought on by a medical practitioner’s negligence.

Surgical errors make up a large portion of medical malpractice lawsuits because they happen so often. Doctors must accept accountability when they make mistakes that cause significant harm to a patient. There must be a standard by which they should abide when performing their duties.

At Brown & Barron, our Baltimore attorneys are here to help victims of medical malpractice navigate the legal system successfully.

Contact us at (410) 698-1717 today.