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While surgery is meant to ultimately improve your health, mistakes can and do happen, and if you or a loved one has been injured due to a surgical error you are entitled to compensation. According to the National Institute of Health, one of the most common injuries that are termed “adverse events” are errors in surgical treatment. While not all errors or negative outcomes are a result of medical malpractice, many surgical errors and injuries are entirely preventable and are the direct result of negligence.
If you or a loved one suffered serious complications or injury as a result of a surgical error, an experienced attorney can help. At Dan Chapman and Associates, our attorneys have helped thousands of seriously injured clients recover compensation. We understand how to build strong claims in medical malpractice cases and have the skills, experience, and resources necessary for them to be successful. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
When Are Surgical Errors Considered Malpractice?
Surgical errors are considered medical malpractice when a hospital, surgeon or other health care professional causes an injury to a patient through a negligent act or omission. These errors can occur in the pre-operative process, during the operation, or in the post-operative after-care process. Common errors include:
- wrong-site surgery,
- wrong side surgery,
- wrong body part,
- wrong patient,
- foreign bodies such as surgical instruments being left behind,
- anestheisa errors,
- nerve damage,
- and infection.
Medical Malpractice Insurance Companies Compensate You for Your Damages
Practicing medicine is a noble calling that places the life of the patient in the hands of the surgeon. It is a profession that can save lives but is also one that comes with the risk that a mistake might happen. Due to this, medical professionals carry medical malpractice insurance, so that they can practice medicine without the worry that they will be personally responsible for any mistakes that they make. Their medical malpractice insurance provider is responsible for compensating patients who have been injured.
If you have experienced a surgical error injury, you’ll need to file your claim with the surgeon’s, or even the hospital’s, insurance provider. The process requires that you collect evidence to prove your present and future damages and that you then accurately calculate your damages and submit them through a proper claim. With a medical malpractice attorney on your case, they handle everything from claim through compensation, so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Insurance Companies Work for Profit, and Make More by Paying You Less
Accepting an offer of settlement from the insurance company without speaking with a medical malpractice attorney first could lead to you taking far less than you are entitled to. The purpose of recovering damages for your injuries is to cover the medical and occupational costs associated with your injuries, and in some instances for your pain and suffering as well. Medical costs include the long-term treatments, medications, and rehabilitation that your injuries require, as well as any impact your injuries have upon your ability to work and support your family.
Measuring your damages can be a complex and in-depth process, and requires a knowledge of similar cases, and the opinions of medical and occupational experts. Your medical malpractice attorney will handle your case every step of the way, and schedule appointments with experts to collect the evidence you need to accurately measure the amounts of damages you are entitled to.
Speak with an Attorney As Soon as Possible
Our medical malpractice attorneys at Dan Chapman and Associates have decades of combined experience working with patients who have been injured while receiving medical treatment. If you have been injured to a surgical error, schedule a consultation for a free assessment on your case to discuss what your options are.