Surgical Errors

South Florida Surgical Error Lawyers

You trust your doctor to operate with care and make you as whole as modern medicine can and you do not expect them to betray that trust.  Recognizing medicine is not an exact science, sometimes surgeries just don’t go as planned. However, some unanticipated outcomes are the result of plain and simple, easily avoidable mistakes that can have serious and long lasting consequences.

Beyond the feelings of betrayal, the hard facts are that these avoidable mistakes often leave behind catastrophic consequences such as brain injuries, raging infections, loss of limbs and death.  Further, to literally add insult to injury, these mistakes also yield additional medical bills. Unfortunately, even with all the precautions and advances of modern medicine, surgical errors happen far more often that we would expect.

Common Surgical Mistakes

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 10 percent of all patients who die within 90 days of surgery did so because of a preventable surgical error. The financial costs of surgical errors is staggering, an estimated $1.5 billion a year.

Surgery does carry risks and complications arise but preventable mistakes made by the doctor or hospital staff are not only a medical issue, they are a legal matter as well. Common mistakes include:

  • Surgery performed on the wrong organ or wrong location. According to one estimate, this happens about 150 times every year across the U.S.
  • Anesthesiology errors;
  • Bypass surgery errors;
  • Tools such as sponges or surgical instruments left inside the body after a procedure. One study estimated that foreign objects left behind in the abdomen may be as high as one per 1,000 to 1,500 procedures;
  • Organ perforations and failures to detect internal bleeding. This is a common problem in procedures such as gallbladder removals; hysterectomies
  • Failure to monitor for a blood infection after surgery;
  • Physician inexperience with the procedure at issue. This is a growing problem with the use of certain laparoscopic procedures; and
  • Failure to inform a patient of potential risks and dangers.

Some procedures have a higher incidence of surgical error. These include Caesarean section or surgery related to childbirth, heart surgery, chest surgery, Lasik surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and cosmetic surgeries such as face lifts, nose surgery, liposuction and breast implants.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a surgical mistake, you are most likely living with pain and possibly facing a long and costly recovery. You may also be out of work and losing income. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys and staff will do all that is necessary to help you obtain the money and care you need in order to obtain as complete a recovery as is possible.  Our South Florida medical malpractice law firm, Rosen & Ohr, P.A., is dedicated to pursuing justice and we firmly believe that highly trained professionals, like doctors, should be held responsible for their avoidable and costly mistakes.

With more than 45 years of legal experience, Rosen & Ohr, P.A. has grown to become one of the preeminent law firms in this area of practice.  We handle cases in Fort Lauderdale, HollywoodPembroke PinesAventuraHallandaleNorth Miami BeachSunny IslesCooper CityDania Beach as well as ALL other areas of South Florida. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we will not receive a fee unless you receive monetary compensation.  Our office’s primary focus has and always will be serving our clients.  We are dedicated to their causes and wholeheartedly believe that as long as we tirelessly focus on service, everything else will naturally follow from there.

If you or a loved one has suffering as a result of a South Florida health care provider’s malpractice, call the Law Office of Rosen & Ohr, P.A. today at (954) 981-1852 or contact us online for a free consultation.  Let the Law Office of Rosen & Ohr, P.A. serve you!