As insurance companies continue to apply financial pressure to healthcare providers, doctors are required to work longer hours with less support. The healthcare profession has always been busy, but perhaps never more so than today, as many doctors, surgeons, nurses and medical specialists average 60 to 70-hour work weeks. First and second year residents at hospitals (the youngest and most inexperienced doctors) typically carry the largest workloads on a hospital’s medical staff, often facing sleep deprivation of more than 30 hours. While this may save hospitals and insurance companies money, this troubling trend does not bode well for patients in need of high quality medical care. Under these conditions, it is not surprising that so many life changing, and sometimes fatal, mistakes occur every day in operating rooms throughout Georgia. Like all medical negligence cases, those involving surgical error are highly complex in nature and replete with opportunities for negligent parties to avoid taking responsibility. We diligently discover the important facts, retain world-class expert witnesses and methodically prepare surgical error cases for trial in a way that maximizes the opportunity for a verdict that provides justice for our clients.
More about surgical errors…
There are risks associated with every operation. Competent surgical care, however, can alleviate many of these risks. The following are some of the surgical procedures in which errors often occur:
- thoracic surgery;
- gynecologic surgery;
- gastric bypass;
- cardiac surgery;
- gastrointestinal surgery;
- plastic surgery;
- ENT/head and neck surgery;
- ophthalmologic surgery;
- gallbladder surgery;
- hernia surgery;
- vascular surgery;
- orthopedic surgery;
- colon/rectal surgery;
- spinal surgery;
- neurological surgery;
- laparoscopic surgery;
- robotic surgery; and
- urologic surgery.
Common causes of surgical injuries include:
- cutting, clipping or nicking the common bile duct;
- nicking the bowel;
- severing or otherwise damaging a nerve;
- perforating the colon;
- operating in the wrong area of the body;
- removing the wrong part of the body, such as limbs, organs, and tissue;
- leaving a surgical instrument in the body (retractors, sponges, surgical towels, etc.);
- surgery unrelated to the patient’s diagnosis; and
- surgery on the wrong patient.
If you, your child or a loved one have suffered as a result of a surgical error, we can obtain the necessary medical records and have an expert physician review the file free of charge to determine whether a doctor or other healthcare provider was negligent. A Georgia medical malpractice attorney with successful experience in surgical error cases is your best bet for a full and fair recovery.