We are intensely vulnerable when we undergo surgery. We are literally placing our lives in the hands of a surgical team, trusting in their education, experience, skill and vigilance. You have a right to expect that trust won't be betrayed.
Sadly, every year tens of thousands of Americans die as a result of avoidable medical errors, many of them in surgery. Our Georgia medical negligence attorneys are equipped to help if you were hurt as the result of a surgical error or if you lost a loved one to a surgical mistake.
You want to move quickly with these cases. Don't hesitate to contact us and arrange a free consultation.
If you live in Columbus, Decatur, or anywhere in the Atlanta, Georgia area, and you want to speak to our medical negligence attorneys, please call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today at 404-760-7400 for a free consultation.
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How Common Are Surgical Errors?
Studies have found that more than 4,000 preventable errors occur during medical procedures every year in the United States. Of these, approximately 40% result in permanent harm or death. In fact, medical error is the third leading cause of death – just after heart disease and cancer – in the U.S.
Despite these findings, medical malpractice claims are exceptionally difficult to win. Fewer than half of these claims are found in favor of the victim, with physicians prevailing in as many as 90% of claims with weak evidence. Working with an experienced and proven medical malpractice lawyer can help to improve your chances of a successful claim.
Examples of Surgical Errors
Surgery is a complicated, sensitive endeavor. It requires the utmost skill and attention, and there's a lot that can go wrong. For that reason, the law recognizes that a surgeon can do everything right and still witness a tragic outcome. These outcomes are not automatically medical malpractice.
However, a violation of a standard of care during surgery is undeniably medical negligence. And while malpractice is always dangerous, the consequences are particularly severe when the malpractice occurs during surgery.
Some common examples of surgical errors include:
- Leaving surgical instruments inside patients
- Accidentally nicking or cutting a nearby nerve, tendon or muscle
- Amputating the wrong limb
- Anesthesia errors, including a failure to check for anesthesia allergies
- Performing surgery when it is not medically advisable
Unfortunately, surgical errors are often fatal. Many patients are unable to survive negligence or misconduct from a surgeon. These wrongful deaths leave families devastated and wondering how such a tragedy could have happened.
At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC, our medical negligence lawyers are skilled at discovering the answer to that question. We have decades of experience with medical malpractice litigation, which means we possess the specialized skill and institutional knowledge required to successfully pursue a medical malpractice claim.
We understand that surgical errors are unacceptable. A legal claim won't return feeling to a numb limb or bring back a lost loved one, but compensation can help you heal and mourn in peace.
What Are Some Common Injuries and Long-Term Side Effects Caused by Surgical Errors?
Issues linked to surgical error include:
- Lasting nerve damage
- Permanent damage to muscle, bone, joints, or ligaments
- Unnecessary loss of an organ or body part
- Brain injury
What Are Some Causes of Surgical Errors?
Surgical errors may be the result of inexperience, inattention, poor training, inadequate support, staffing shortages, time constraints, general negligence, and more.
There can be several causes of medical malpractice. A thorough investigation will likely be required to determine if your injury was the result of negligence.
Who Can Be Held Liable for My Surgical Error?
While most often it is a surgeon, nurse, or attending medical professional who is held liable for a surgical error, anyone involved in the care of a patient may be identified in a medical malpractice claim. The best way to determine who is liable for your injury is through an investigation performed by a qualified and experienced medical malpractice lawyer.
How Much Compensation Can I Collect for My Surgical Error Injuries?
In the state of Georgia, non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are capped at $350,000 per identified healthcare facility in medical malpractice cases. There is no cap on economic damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and other provable financial losses.
At Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, our lawyers fight tirelessly for every penny victims of surgical error are due. Call us to schedule a free case review today and learn what your case may be worth.
How Long After a Surgical Error Do I Have to Pursue a Case for Compensation?
In the state of Georgia, you have five years from the date on which the act of negligence occurred, regardless of when you first became aware of your injury, to file a medical malpractice claim.
We strongly encourage you to file a claim as soon as you suspect malpractice. This can help to avoid some of the most common complications when seeking fair and full compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
Schedule a client consultation in Atlanta, GA
If you're a resident of Columbus, Decatur, or anywhere in the Atlanta, Georgia area and you or a family member have been victimized by a surgical error, you should speak to our medical negligence attorneys immediately. Please contact Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance, PC today for a free consultation by calling 404-760-7400.