Was Your Surgical Error the Result of Medical Malpractice?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Was Your Surgical Error the Result of Medical Malpractice?

Written by Malman Law, reviewed by Steve J. Malman.

People go to doctors and other healthcare providers in an attempt to alleviate their medical problems. Sadly, however, that does not always happen, and medical negligence and malpractice can lead to further complications. Medical malpractice can occur in any context, including the surgical context. If you or your loved one has recently suffered an injury from a surgical error that you believe resulted from medical malpractice, it is essential that you contact experienced legal counsel right away. 

There are time limitations that may be applicable to your case. Let the experienced Chicago personal injury lawyers at Malman Law investigate your case and determine if you may be eligible to bring a medical malpractice claim. Give us a call today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to discover more about how we could help. Our legal team could litigate your medical malpractice case, if necessary, and could make a claim for monetary damages on your behalf. 

Types of Surgical Errors 

There are many types of medical errors that can occur in the context of surgery. Some of the most common types of surgical errors include the following:

  • Leaving a piece of equipment, such as a sponge or a surgical instrument, inside the patient’s body prior to closing up the surgical area
  • Operating on the incorrect body part
  • Misdiagnosing a person’s medical condition from the onset
  • Performing an unnecessary surgery or other medical procedure on a patient

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice in the surgical context, you may be able to recover compensation for the resulting injuries and other complications.

Proving Medical Negligence

In order to prove medical negligence in the surgical context, you must be able to demonstrate that the surgeon violated the applicable standard of care. Medical specialists, including surgeons, are often held to a national standard of care.

In order to prove negligence on the part of a healthcare provider, you will need medical testimony from another doctor. That other doctor will need to show that the first healthcare provider acted unreasonably under the circumstances and violated the prevailing standard of medical care. In addition, the injured patient must show that he or she suffered complications or damages as a result of the surgeon’s negligence. For example, the patient may have suffered an additional injury or may have required a second medical procedure to correct the first procedure that the surgeon performed incorrectly.

Call a Knowledgeable Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If you have suffered a surgical error that you suspect may have been caused by medical malpractice, time might be of the essence in your case. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Malman Law can properly investigate what happened and can lay out all of your legal options so that you are well informed. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago personal injury attorney, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

Steve Malman

Malman Law’s founder Attorney Steven Malman has over 30 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, truck accidents, car accidents, premises liability, construction, and workers’ compensation cases in Chicago, IL.

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