Protecting Ohio Victims of Surgical Errors
Your counsel when an act of medical negligence led to permanent injuries
Surgeries are frightening for most patients. The patient is literally putting his or her life in the hands of multiple human beings. Competent doctors and medical teams should know the correct ways to communicate with each other, the latest medical techniques, and be able to anticipate the many things that might go wrong. The best doctors plan ahead, communicate during the procedure, and make sure they follow-through with the patient after the surgery.
Surgeons, nurses, and doctors should be held responsible for their wrongs. The way to hold them responsible is by proving they failed to use the proper standard of medical care, that they caused the patient’s injuries, and that the injuries caused the patient to suffer. The Ohio medical malpractice lawyers of Crandall & Pera Law have years of experience helping surgical injury victims. Our attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in jury verdicts and settlements.
Some of the reasons surgeries go wrong
At Crandall & Pera Law, we handle complex cases involving surgical errors cause by incompetence or negligence on behalf of a healthcare provider. We routinely handle cases involving:
- Lack of Competence. The more times a doctor has performed the same surgery, the smoother the surgery should be, and the more problems should be correctly handled. Doctors who are doing a new surgical procedure for the first time should be guided by a more experienced doctor. Some doctors should not be doing surgeries because they do not have the skills or the experience.
- Poor Preoperative Planning. Doctors should review all the patient’s medical records and should make sure they have all the right equipment before the surgery starts. Doctors should make sure nurses, anesthesiologists, and staff are properly informed. Pre-surgery planning includes reviewing the surgery risks with the patient and making sure the patient is informed. Patients should be advised about diet restrictions and fasting requirements prior to surgery.
- Taking Unnecessary Shortcuts. Doctors should not take shortcuts unless they are certain the shortcut will be better for the patient.
- Lack of Communication. This is a major cause of medical malpractice. Doctors need to be working on the right part of the anatomy, using the right tools, and administering the right doses of medication.
- Fatigue. Some doctors, especially emergency room doctors, are known to work long shifts. A long work schedule is no excuse for medical error. Doctors should be rested before beginning an operation.
- Inebriation or Being under the Influence of Drugs. Doctors who are intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics should never be allowed in an operating room.
- Negligence. Negligence can include failing to do something necessary or doing something the wrong way. Our Ohio surgical error lawyers work with doctors and Registered Nurses to make sure all the proper steps were taken.
- Post-Surgery Review. After surgery, patients are especially vulnerable to infection and complications. The doctor should directly, or through appointed staff members, check the patient’s vital statistics on a continual basis.
Types of surgical errors
Many things can go wrong in the operating room. Here are some of the more common mistakes our Ohio medical malpractice lawyers take on:
- Improper handling of anesthesia.
- Leaving surgical equipment or sponges inside the patient.
- Operating on the wrong part of the anatomy, causing damage to health organs or the removal of the wrong limb or body part.
- Operating on the wrong patient.
- Performing unnecessary surgeries.
- Mistakes that cause the doctor to cut or damage a nearby body part such as an artery, organ, ligament, tissue, nerve, or the intestine.
- Improper sterilization of equipment, and improper sterilization techniques employed by staff.
Crandall & Pera Law attorneys advocate for patients when surgeries cause unnecessary pain
Patients need to know that they should wake from surgeries feeling better than before the surgery began. When surgeries create unexpected pain or cause damage that was not anticipated, the patient may have a medical malpractice claim against all responsible health care providers. A dedicated Ohio surgical error attorney at Crandall & Pera Law can help. With offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Chagrin Falls, Chesterland, or Cincinnati, we are here when you need us. Please call 877-686-8879 or complete our contact form to reserve an appointment.