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Surgical Injury Attorneys in Cleveland

Statistics on Surgical Errors & Injuries

A recent Johns Hopkins study of medical malpractice claims revealed that surgical errors—which are also called “never events” because they are 100 percent preventable and should never happen—occur more than 4,000 times per year in this country. Nearly 33 percent of those patients suffered permanent injury and 6.6 percent died.

“[Researchers estimated] that at least 39 times a week a surgeon leaves foreign objects inside their patients, which includes stuff like towels or sponges. In addition, surgeons performing the wrong site surgery or operating on the wrong body part occurs around 20 times a week,” a December 2012 Medical News Today article stated.

Six years earlier, the journal Surgery published a study in which researchers reviewed 444 malpractice claims. Surgical errors prompted 258, or 58 percent, of those lawsuits, and 65 percent of those patients suffered “significant or major injury.” Nearly a quarter died.

If you were the victim of a surgical error, contact The Mellino Law Firm with any questions you may have. You may also download or request our free, easy-to-read guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio. Our Cleveland surgical injury attorneys have represented injured clients for over 30 years, and Chris Mellino has litigated landmark cases, such as Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center and Watkins v. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, that changed state law.

Contact us online or call (440) 276-3535 today. We offer free, confidential case evaluations and have offices located in Cleveland and Rocky River.

Common Surgical Errors

Common surgical errors include:

  • Leaving equipment, such as a sponge, inside a patient
  • Puncturing organs or arteries, such as perforating a bowel, kidney, or intestine during hernia surgery
  • Nerve damage
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Wrong-site surgery, including removing the wrong organ or amputating the wrong limb

The Mellino Law Firm differs from other firms in that we only represent patients who suffered severe and debilitating injuries or death. Surgical error lawsuits are time-consuming and labor-intensive. By only accepting a few cases at a time, we’re able to give each one the unique attention it deserves.

Why Choose Our Firm?

First, you will never see us on TV, the side of a bus, or a billboard. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our caseload. For instance, another firm was representing Cathy S. in another matter when her 78-year-old mother died of septic shock.

“When I took her in for surgery, there was absolutely nothing wrong with her. Nothing,” she says. But fifteen hours later, she was gone. “She passed away at University Hospital due to septic shock from a kidney stone and a urinary tract infection. The doctor performing the surgery failed to give her an antibiotic… She should have had an antibiotic for this kidney stone because it’s a highly infectious kidney stone—I looked it up on the computer. On top of that, he didn’t give her a urine culture, and she had a urinary tract infection that nobody knew about. So that’s two things he did wrong. As soon as he cut that kidney, she started getting infected. It was that quick.”

Cathy’s mother was rushed to University Hospital by ambulance, where they put her on dialysis, but it was too late. When Cathy told her lawyer what happened, he recommended Chris Mellino.

“I would recommend [Mellino Law Firm] to anybody if they ever needed a medical malpractice attorney,” she says. “Chris was thorough and understanding. Compassionate. He is very, very good. Always returned my calls, answered all my questions. The staff was wonderful, and we won our case. It didn’t bring my mom back, but I got justice for my mom.”

If you suspect that a surgical mistake caused permanent injury or death, we welcome you to contact our office for a free consultation. You may also download or request attorney Chris Mellino’s free guide, “Your Ohio medical malpractice questions answered.”

Get in touch with our surgical injury attorneys in Cleveland today; call (440) 276-3535 to request a free initial consultation.

Our Clients Love Us

  • I couldn’t be happier with my experience at the Mellino Law Firm. Everyone in the office took great care of us and went above and beyond.

    - Floyd L.

  • I truly was amazed to watch you work at trial. It was a work of art and I was thankful that you were on my side.

    - Milt M.

  • Your kindness, understanding, and immense compassion truly helped our family get through this terrible event. Your willingness to know each of us in a personal way created a warm, pleasant environment. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    - The W Family

  • My family and I were very pleased to be represented by Mellino Law. They are extremely professional, experienced and conscientious. But, most of all, the entire staff is very caring & compassionate.

    - Jewell Renee S.

  • You were always available to answer any concerns that we had. During the trial, your expertise, knowledge, and professionalism made you stand out in our eyes as “the best” lawyer out there.

    - Rita and Rich R.

  • Mr. Mellino and his staff are very responsive, have a wealth of knowledge, exceptional analytical capabilities, and excellent communications skills.

    - Briggette S.

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Why Choose The Mellino Law Firm

  • Tens of millions of dollars recovered
  • Over 30 Years of Experience
  • Free Case Evaluations
  • Successful Results Against Many HealthCare Systems Including University Hospital & Cleveland Clinic
  • Recognized by multiple peer review organizations as one of the best law firms in the country

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