- Thousands of surgical errors are reported each year
- In most cases (75%), errors occurred during surgery; 25% in preoperative care; 35% in postoperative care
- Researchers have linked poor surgical outcomes to a wide variety of factors, including surgeon inexperience,5-7 low hospital volume for some operations, excessive workload, fatigue, lack of optimal technology, poor supervision of trainees, inadequate hospital systems, poor staff communication, emergency circumstances, and time of day.
(Johns Hopkins Medicine)
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Errors that occur during surgery can result in devastating injuries and even the wrongful death of the patient. If you or someone you love has suffered as a consequence of a surgical mistake or anesthesia error, a medical malpractice attorney from our Pittsburgh-based law firm can help. At Frischman & Rizza, P.C., our experienced and knowledgeable team of attorneys can provide you with sound legal advice so that you can make educated decisions regarding your case. We urge you to schedule a free consultation if you or a loved one have questions regarding an injurious surgical mistake or anesthesia error. We are committed to protecting victims’ rights and we can help you obtain just and fair financial compensation for damages. Contact our Pittsburgh law office today for a free, no-obligation case review.
There are a variety of errors a healthcare provider may make during the course of a surgery that can cause harm. One common type of surgical mistake is “wrong site surgery” – this occurs when a surgeon operates on the wrong part of a patient’s body. The precautions to prevent “wrong site surgery” are simple to institute and implement. As a result, “wrong site surgery” should never occur, and any such occurrence almost certainly constitutes a failure by a healthcare provider to perform his or her duties to the accepted standard of care.
In addition to “wrong site surgery,” technical errors can occur during surgery. These errors often are the result of manual errors by surgeons, inexperience on the part of the surgeon performing a particular surgical procedure, the improper supervision of a resident physician in the performance of a surgical procedure, or the failure of surgical equipment. These errors can cause damage to the patient’s internal organs, blood vessels, and nerves. Many, if not all of these surgical mistakes are preventable with appropriate surgical training, technique, equipment, and supervision.
Unfortunately, many patients are also subjected to unnecessary surgery. This typically occurs when a surgeon operates on a patient based upon the findings of another physician. For example, many cancer surgeries are preceded by a biopsy (this is especially true with colon, lung, bladder, breast, cervical, ovarian, prostate, and uterine cancer). If a biopsy is mistakenly diagnosed as cancer, the patient may be subjected to painful, harmful, and costly surgery that is completely unnecessary.
Following surgery, additional medical errors can occur that can cause harm to the patient. These errors include the administration of improper medications, transfusing the wrong type of blood, failure to diagnose deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and the failure to diagnose and treat post-operative infections. Each of these post-surgical complications can be the result of medical malpractice.
The vast majority of surgical mistakes are preventable. Unfortunately, negligence and carelessness on the part of a healthcare provider can cause irrevocable harm to a patient. In cases of a harmful surgical mistake, a malpractice attorney from our Pennsylvania law firm (serving Pittsburgh and all of the surrounding areas) can provide you with the legal counsel and representation you need to protect your rights. In the event that you were harmed as a result of a surgical mistake, we can help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the negligent parties. Though each case is different, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for medical costs (including future medical costs), loss of wages (including future loss of wages), disfigurement, and pain and suffering.
An anesthesia error can cause a patient severe pain, injury, or even death. Anesthesiologists have a responsibility to administer proper dosages of anesthesia and to monitor the effects on the patient. An overdose of anesthesia can result in brain injury from asphyxiation, a cardiovascular injury which can cause a heart attack or stroke, tracheal damage, and wrongful death. An under dosage of anesthesia can result in a patient regaining consciousness during surgery or experiencing “anesthesia awareness,” a state in which the patient is immobile and unable to communicate but is cognizant and capable of feeling pain. Such an event can cause serious psychological and physical trauma to a patient.
At Frischman & Rizza, P.C., we have extensive experience with medical malpractice litigation and are dedicated to helping individuals who have been injured by negligent healthcare providers. If you have endured pain and suffering or someone you love has died as a result of an anesthesia error, an attorney from our Pittsburgh law office, serving communities such as Greensburg and Cranberry Township, can help you file a civil claim to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
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A surgical mistake or anesthesia error can be deadly. An attorney from our Pittsburgh-based law firm has the experience and drive you are seeking and can help protect your rights in a medical negligence claim. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error, please contact Frischman & Rizza, P.C., at 855-90-4INJURY for a free consultation.