Cleveland Surgical Mistakes Attorneys

Surgeons undergo years of training to do what they do, but that does not make them immune to mistakes. Still, when surgical mistakes occur, people can be seriously and irreparably injured or even die. If you have been the victim of a surgical error, you need to reach out for legal representation right away.

Surgical errors are a form of medical malpractice and claims of malpractice are particularly complicated to prove. For this reason, it is important that you reach out to the Cleveland surgical mistakes attorneys at Paulozzi for help right away following your surgical injury. Our team has decades of experience handling cases just like yours. Reach out to schedule a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 1-888-710-0040.

Types of Surgical Errors

There are a myriad of ways that surgical mistakes can be made, even when it comes to the simplest surgical procedures. Our team at Paulozzi typically see cases that arise from:

  • Wrong-site surgeries
  • Wrong procedures performed on patients.
  • Incorrect incisions.
  • Equipment that is not properly sterilized.
  • Damage to an organ near the surgery site.
  • Prolonged surgeries.
  • Surgical tools left in the patient’s body after surgery.
  • Anesthesia errors, including allergic reactions to anesthesia medications.
  • Avoidable infections.
  • Accidental damage to muscles, ligaments, tissues, and nerves surrounding the surgical site.

Causes of Surgical Errors

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), thousands of surgical errors occur in the United States each year. The vast majority of these surgical errors are 100% preventable if not for the negligence of the surgeon or their staff, including scrub nurses and techs. The NIH says the main causes of surgical mistakes include:

  • The absence of standard rules and regulations in the operating room.
  • Inadequate surgeon training and education.
  • Communication failures between the surgeon and other staff, including the anesthesiologist.
  • Communication gap between the patient and the surgeon.
  • Unreliable protocols or systems in place.
  • Surgeons rushing to complete more surgeries per day.

Risk Factors for Surgical Errors

The NIH also notes that surgical mistakes are not usually spontaneous but are the result of the
comingling of people and surgical equipment. The NIH notes that risk factors exist for surgical
errors. These include:

  • An overall mindset that the decisions of a surgeon should never be questioned. The NIH says that there have been instances of surgical errors resulting directly because the surgeon did not listen to OR staff about lack of biopsy results or surgical site location.
  • Distractions. Digital devices in use by surgeons or their staff during surgery can lead to
    bad outcomes and surgical mistakes.
  • Lack of needed imaging. Surgeons who rely on memory for imaging studies are prone to make errors.
  • Missing pre-op assessments, such as EKGs or pre-op lab work results.
  • Lack of staff in the surgery suite.
  • More than one surgeon performing more than one surgery.
  • Surgeons taking shortcuts due to time pressures.
  • Mislabeling of surgical site or mixing up patients scheduled for a procedure.

How Can Our Cleveland Surgical Mistakes Attorneys Help?

If you are the victim of a surgical mistake. you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. This includes recovery of medical expenses, lost income, and any loss of earning capacity along with compensation for pain and suffering you endured due to the surgical error.

The Cleveland surgical mistakes attorneys at Paulozzi LPA will evaluate and review your claim through a free consultation and stand by you from start to finish when handling your claim. We want to help you gain peace of mind and will not stop until our team and you are satisfied with the results. Reach out to us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 1-888-710-

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