Surgical errors are shockingly common; according to WebMD, more than 4,000 surgery patients in the U.S. suffer some type of preventable injury as a result of surgical errors every year. The study further revealed that 59 percent of the reported injuries were temporary, whereas 33 percent were permanent. Additionally, 6.6 percent of the reported incidents were fatal. Hospitals are legally required to report what are known as “never events,” or serious mistakes that should never occur. However, they are not necessarily required to report incidents that do not result in legal action, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact number of surgical mistakes that occur in the U.S. every year.
If you were injured or suffered complications or your loved one died as a result of a surgical mistake, you are entitled to take legal action against the negligent party. At The Mellino Law Firm, we can help you navigate the entire process from start to finish. Our surgical error attorneys in Cleveland have more than three decades of experience and are prepared to aggressively fight for your rights.
Call our firm at (440) 276-3535 or fill out and submit an online contact form today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Common Surgical Errors
Surgery is a complicated procedure and, as such, there are many different types of surgical mistakes that can occur. While surgeons are highly trained to prevent these types of mistakes, they can and do still occur. This could be the result of improper training, inexperience, fatigue, carelessness, or outright malpractice.
Some of the most common surgical errors include:
- Leaving a foreign object or instrument inside the body
- Performing surgery at the wrong site on a patient’s body
- Performing the wrong surgical procedure
- Anesthesia mistakes, such as administering too much or too little anesthesia
- Causing nerve damage during the procedure
This list is by no means exhaustive; there are many other examples of surgical errors, many of which can be attributed to medical negligence. Often, these mistakes lead to serious complications, including infections, illness, and death. Victims and their families may find themselves facing additional required surgeries and other costly medical procedures to fix previous mistakes. Not only is this physically and financially demanding, but it can also take a severe emotional toll.
Fighting for You & Your Recovery
At The Mellino Law Firm, we strive to hold negligent surgeons, anesthesiologists, hospitals, and others accountable for the harm they cause. We are dedicated to not only helping you secure the compensation you need and deserve but also to working to end systematic problems within the medical field. Our firm only accepts select cases in which patients have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical negligence. This allows us to provide our clients with personalized, one-on-one attention and in-depth guidance throughout each stage of the legal process. We are a small firm with the resources, skill, and experience of a large team, committed to fighting for justice and a fair recovery on your behalf.
Reach out to us today at (440) 276-3535 to learn more about how our surgical error lawyers in Cleveland can assist you.