Surgical Errors Lawyer in Los Angeles
When a patient goes into a hospital for surgery, or goes into a hospital not requiring surgery but winds up requiring surgery, many risks need to be managed both before the surgery, in the operating room, and during the recovery process. Surgery always carries with it certain risks, but those risks must always be balanced against the need for surgery and the benefit that can be had from surgery. From anesthesia and medication management, to vital sign management, to the surgery itself, to the recovery after the surgery – there are various points throughout a surgical course that require vigilant monitoring and extraordinary skill.
Common Surgical Errors
Surgical errors are a preventable mistake that can occur during surgery. These errors can occur for a variety of reasons, including surgeon fatigue, poor communication, improper processes or just simply neglectful actions. While surgical errors themselves are not common, some errors occur more commonly than others. Some of the errors that can happen are:
- Nerve injury
- Surgical incision at the wrong site
- Anesthesia error
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Performing the wrong procedure on the wrong patient
Complications That May Arise from Surgery
Sometimes, the complications that come from a surgery, either planned or emergency, can be frightening and can have long-lasting impacts. While some of the risk factors for surgical complications are smoking, pre-existing medical conditions like heart disease or Parkinson’s disease, and obesity, complications can happen to anyone during any procedure. Some of these complications include:
- A reaction to anesthesia
- Respiratory issues
- Infections around the surgical site
- Blood clots
Sometimes, complications from surgery cannot be prevented, even when those risks are known before the surgery, and other times, those who require surgery wind up having bad outcomes, even death, through no fault of the doctor or hospital. However, when things go wrong because a doctor or hospital employee fails to utilize the care and concern that a reasonable doctor or hospital employee would use, that is a cause for concern, and in those circumstances, the patient—you—may have a claim for medical malpractice based on a surgical error. Ultimately, and thankfully, most surgeries do wind up going according to plan, but when that doesn’t happen, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic.
Contact an Experienced Surgical Errors Attorney Today
If you have been injured as a result of a surgery gone bad, give The Trial Law Offices of Bradley I. Kramer, M.D., Esq. a call at 310-289-2600 so we can help you get the maximum compensation for your injuries.