Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida
All surgical procedures put the patient at a small risk for certain complications. Risk of blood clots, infection, reaction to anesthesia or other medications, and complications during recovery cannot be eliminated entirely, even with the best of care.
This being said, countless complications have the potential to arise during a surgical procedure due to negligence on the part of the surgeon, surgical assistants, or any other healthcare professional involved with a surgery. Unfortunately, medical malpractice resulting from a surgical error is responsible for thousands of injuries and deaths each year.
Common Causes of Surgical Error
Errors during surgery often are the direct result of negligent pre-operative evaluation and planning. Neglecting to thoroughly review a patient’s medical history, lifestyle, and family medical history in order to detect certain risk factors contributes to many cases of medical malpractice every year. Several things need to be evaluated and reevaluated before any surgery takes place. Whenever possible, all potential risks, risk factors, and alternatives to surgery need to be discussed with the patient beforehand and consent must be given.
Diagnostic mistakes and improper administration of anesthesia or other medication are other examples of pre-operative negligence.
Countless mistakes can also happen during surgery, including:
- Anesthesia errors
- Making improper incisions
- Use of outdated, obsolete, or unsterilized surgical tools
- Causing damage to non-target organs or tissues
Examples of wrong site surgery can be very devastating. These include operations performed on the wrong body part, and in some cases, the wrong person. There have been many malpractice cases involving surgical tools, gauze, sponges, and other instruments which have been left in a patient’s body, causing severe injury and even wrongful death after the surgery.
Medical Malpractice Representation
Orlando medical malpractice attorney Stephen J. Knox has more than 23 years of experience handling medical malpractice cases involving surgical errors. His strong attention to detail ensures that no aspect of your claim will be overlooked. Mr. Knox also works with a team of medical experts that will review your case in order to help devise the proper strategy to help ensure your greatest likelihood of success.
While Mr. Knox strives to settle medical malpractice cases whenever possible, he has more than two decades of litigation experience and will not hesitate to go to trial in order to secure a fair settlement for his clients.
If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and believe you or a loved one may have a surgical error malpractice claim, please contact the Orlando personal injury office of Stephen J. Knox today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.