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Surgical Errors and Their Causes

As a patient who must undergo a potentially dangerous procedure, you should recognize where errors can occur. Surgical errors are some of the most severe mistakes any doctor can make as they often result in long-term medical problems or, in some cases, wrongful death.

There are many kinds of surgical errors identified in medical malpractice law. Each of these constitutes negligence and allows you to pursue justice and compensation for the damages you sustain. Here are some of the things you should know about surgical errors and what can cause them.

What are Surgical Errors?

Surgical errors are any mistakes that a doctor—or multiple doctors—make when operating on you or another patient. Below are some of the more common surgical errors:

  • When the doctor performs surgery on you, but they operate on the wrong body part

  • When the doctor performs surgery on you that was scheduled for another patient

  • When the doctor performs the surgery you need on someone else

  • When the doctor hits your organs or another vital part of your body causing harm or internal bleeding

  • When the doctor leaves an item in your body after surgery resulting in internal organ damages or infections

You must also know the common causes of these errors and what they mean for pursuing justice.

What Causes Surgical Errors?

Surgical errors can occur due to any number of problems within the hospital. When you know the cause of the surgical error, you can speak with a medical malpractice attorney to determine what options you have to hold the negligent party accountable.

Surgical errors can occur because of the following:

  • Miscommunication and system errors

  • Misdiagnosis of your condition

  • Stressors in the doctor’s life outside of the hospital

  • Environmental dangers, and the strenuous schedules of operations

A doctor must care for you in a way that helps you recover from an ailment. They should not cause you more harm. If they do, you can take legal action for your pain and suffering.

Our Gulfport medical malpractice attorneys at Gulf South Law Firm are ready to stand in your corner. We’ll go the extra mile to pursue the outcome you need to recover from this traumatic experience. Let us be your voice during this challenging time.

Call our firm today at (228) 231-3989.

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