Surgical error is, in some ways, one of the most easily understood medical malpractice cases, but that does not mean surgical error cases are without complexity. Surgical error can include commonly familiar medical mistakes like misplacing tools or making incorrect incisions, but this kind of medical malpractice can also have a diagnostic element. Surgical error involves many of the various different aspects of an outpatient or inpatient procedure, and like other kinds of medical malpractice, each situation is unique, though many cases are built on case precedent.
There are also some common guidelines in place to deal with issues of surgical error, which continues to hold the attention of many Americans; anecdotes about various hospital mistakes remind consumers that medical malpractice does happen, and care providers deal with a significant pressure to reassure patients. Some ways of dealing with the threat of surgical error include more focused patient briefing sessions, assigned advocates, and even the surgeon’s initials on the patient’s surgical site. However, even with these safeguards in place, mistakes can happen, and experts on the subject agree that some degree of error is probably inevitable. That does not mean that any mistake is treated lightly: to help prevent surgical error and other injuries in medical settings, medical facilities have developed detailed standards of care to make sure that every precaution is taken with each patient.
The bottom line is that a wide variety of mistakes will cost medical providers. Even with malpractice insurance, medical mistakes can have a very negative impact on the hospitals and care facilities where they happen. The legal system is set up to make sure that those injured by medical providers are compensated if a mistake was made so that they can pay the costs of care stemming from an injury which they themselves had no way of preventing.
Patients who suspect a medical error often consult medical malpractice legal teams to understand who is responsible for the pain and suffering that an incorrect surgical procedure can cause. The lawyers at Farah & Farah work to build cases using specific data and information. For more information on surgical errors and other medical malpractice claims, contact an attorney at Farah & Farah today for a consultation of your situation.