Surgical errors are negligent medical mistakes made during the period between when a patient is taken in for pre-operative care, undergoes surgery, and receives care post-operatively.
Surgical errors may occur in any setting where a physician performs a procedure, including in a hospital, doctor's office, outpatient surgery location, or specialist's office. The procedure does not need to involve anesthesia, but the use of anesthesia may result in graver consequences if an error is made.
If you believe you or a family member suffered a serious or disabling injury through negligence on the part of the surgeon, anesthesiologist, or another member of the operating team, contact the Boston personal injury lawyers at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. at 617-225-2100. Our experience with the investigation and presentation of medical malpractice claims throughout Massachusetts can help you obtain compensation.Types Of Surgical Errors
- Performing the wrong surgery: Whether the problem emerges due to a treatment team performing the procedure upon the wrong person or the wrong body site, the completion of an incorrect surgery leads to devastating effects; both on the person who received the incorrect procedure and the individual who did not obtain the medical treatment necessary.
- Anesthesia errors: The administration of anesthesia requires the use of sensitive techniques. Improper use of the anesthetic agents may result in serious physical impairment or death. Prior to the use of anesthesia, the acting anesthesiologist must check to make certain the patient does not have any conditions that may result in complications.
- Instruments left behind: When sponges or surgical instruments are left within the area of the patient's body upon which the procedure was performed, the patient is placed in a high degree of risk as far as infections, bacterial growth, and detrimental side effects for their recovery, once the procedure has been completed.
- Inadequate post surgical care: Proper post-surgical care is as important as the procedure itself, as medication must be properly prescribed and administered, and the surgical site must be treated and carefully observed for signs of infection, among other necessary follow up steps to a surgical procedure.
- Perforation of organs: The internal organs lie in very close proximity to one another within the body, and surgeons must exercise an extreme level of care in the course of performing any procedure. Even the slightest amount of damage to an organ has the potential to hurt its efficiency and may lead to serious health problems for the patient.
When a significant individual dies as a result of a surgical error, there may be a case of wrongful death. Our Boston personal injury attorneys at Bellotti Law Group, P.C. understand the emotional strain placed upon you and your family after the loss of a loved one and are experienced in assisting you during the difficult time. Contact us today for a FREE evaluation of your claim at 617-225-2100.How Our Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Attorneys Will Handle Your Claim
Massachusetts imposes a strict statute of limitations on medical malpractice lawsuits, including those that involve surgical errors. In this state, any medical malpractice action, such as surgical errors, must be brought within three years after the cause of the action. As with all medical malpractice claims, our attorneys must submit the case to a medical tribunal, which will determine whether a standard of care was violated. Each tribunal consists of a judge, physician, and lawyer to determine if the evidence presented by the plaintiff (you) raises a legitimate question of liability or fault.