Surgical Error Lawsuits

Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Every surgical procedure is complex, and there are numerous ways a mistake can be made during a given procedure. Sometimes surgeons will perform an operation that is unnecessary; other times they may use unsterilized surgical tools or make an incision in the wrong area. When Oregon patients undergo surgery, they trust their surgeons to execute the utmost care and skill when their health is at stake. But surgeons are human, and mistakes happen. When a careless mistake results in an injury, permanent damage or death, patients have the right to hold the negligent surgeon accountable.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf a surgeon fails to follow the acceptable standard of care, or operate with out the appropriate consent, routine surgery can have a tragic outcome. If you or someone you love suffered a surgical mistake or has died because of a preventable surgical error, talk to the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. One of our attorneys will review your case, and if it appears credible, he will work to find you an Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to take your case, at no extra cost.

Types of Surgical Mistakes

Extreme surgical errors such as operating on the incorrect body part are not common, but they do happen. Since no surgical outcome is guaranteed, if your surgeon accidentally cuts an artery or punctures an organ and tries to fix it, this is typically not considered medical malpractice. However, if your Oregon surgeon makes such a mistake and tries to cover it up, or blames the mistake on the risk of surgery, this may be the premise for a medical malpractice suit.

Some other common surgical errors include:

  • Failure to obtain the appropriate patient consent
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • An anesthesia mistake
  • Mishandling surgical instruments or using unsterile tools
  • Improper suturing
  • Leaving foreign objects in the body (such as a sponge or instrument)

A surgical mistake can also occur in the pre-operative stage, such as when your surgeon makes the initial examination and determines that surgery is the best course of action. Before you commit to surgery, it is important that your doctor examines all aspects of your condition, along with your medical history. Any seemingly-minor detail about your life that is not thoroughly examined can result in a tragic surgical error.

If you are an Oregon patient who has suffered a surgical mistake due to a medical provider’s negligence, please complete our online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will review your case. If you have a valid case, we will work to find you a trusted Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to help you move forward with your claim.