Tallahassee Surgical Error Attorney
While the United States may provide some of the best health care in the world, surgical errors are surprisingly common. In fact, research from Johns Hopkins University published in the journal Surgery in 2012 estimates that surgical “never-events” occur at least 4,000 times a year in the U.S.
Surgical errors can have a significant long-term impact on a person’s health and happiness. Additionally, surgical errors may cost thousands of dollars to remedy and may result in lost wages. If you have been the victim of a surgical error in Tallahassee and have suffered ill effects as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your financial costs, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Common Types of Surgical Errors
There are many types of surgical errors, some of which include:
- injuring a nerve during surgery;
- an anesthesia error caused by administering too much or too little medication;
- making an incorrect incision at the wrong location;
- leaving surgical equipment in the body;
- operating on the wrong patient; and
- performing an operation on the wrong body part.
In the Johns Hopkins study, the researchers suggested that an object is left in a patient following surgery 39 times per week; surgery is performed on the wrong patient 20 times per week; and surgery is performed on the wrong body part 20 times per week.
Causes of Surgical Errors
A study published in 2010 in the journal Archives of Surgery found that the main causes of performing surgery on the wrong person were errors in diagnosis (56 percent) and errors in communication (100 percent). On the other hand, the study also found surgical site errors were attributable to errors in judgment (85 percent) and failing to perform a “time out” (72 percent).
It Is Important to Act Now
If your surgical error was the result of negligence of a medical professional, act immediately to explore your rights to pursue legal action.
Filing a claim for medical malpractice has a statute of limitations, and your time to file may run out if you delay too long. The statute of limitations in Florida is two years from the date of the incident, or the date the error was discovered or should have been discovered. No claim may be filed after four years, though this four-year statute of repose does not apply to children whose guardians file the claim before their eighth birthday. By filing a claim, you may be able to recover compensation for any damages incurred due to your surgical errors.
Consult a Surgical Error Attorney in Tallahassee
Once you decide to file a claim, speak with an attorney knowledgeable in surgical error claims and medical malpractice law. An attorney can help you to understand your rights, guide you through the claim-filing process and provide you with information about possible forms of compensation.
If you have sustained damages due to a medical professional’s error during surgery in Tallahassee, call the attorneys at Barrett, Fasig & Brooks today. Call us today at 850-224-3310 to schedule your free initial compensation.