Surgical Errors: Your Questions Answered

Surgery, for all the advancements in medicine in the past century, is still a fear-instilling event for many. Even if the operation is absolutely necessary to restore a patient’s health, careful management of the situation before, during and after surgery is required to make the procedure safe and effective.

If you or a loved one suffered a decline after surgery or feel as if something is simply “not right,” contact Hall Ansley, P.C., located in Springfield. Our attorneys know medical malpractice law and can investigate your condition to discover whether you have a strong surgical error case. It is important to consult with a law firm that focuses on surgical errors – the hospital staff or surgeon is unlikely to admit an error and may blame “known complications” or other factors for your injuries.

To deepen your understanding of the topic, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions about surgical errors and medical malpractice claims.

What is a surgical error?

A surgical error is any mistake made before, during or after an invasive medical procedure, including biopsies, extractions, oral surgery or other operations. Some common types of surgical errors include:

  • Medical instruments left inside the body unintentionally
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Operating on the wrong body part (left arm instead of right arm, for example)
  • Performing the wrong procedure on the wrong patient
  • Post-surgical infection caused by medical errors

Some surgical errors are so egregious that they have been categorized as “never events,” meaning they should never happen in a medical setting. Unfortunately, thousands of people are seriously harmed by “never events” each year.

How do I know if a surgical error occurred?

As noted above, the physician or medical professional responsible for the error, and the facility they work for, is highly unlikely to admit the error. It is important to talk to an experienced third party who understands the legal and medical aspects of your case. If you feel worse after your surgery or are having unusual or unexpected symptoms or after-effects, a law firm such as Hall Ansley, P.C. can have you examined and your case reviewed by medical professionals who can give an independent opinion.

How can I prove my surgical error claim?

Successfully pursuing a surgical error lawsuit requires compelling documentation of how and when the error occurred, who was at fault, and the damages suffered by the patient. Our firm’s team of attorneys knows the most effective methods for uncovering mistakes and proving liability. We rely on our connections with Missouri’s most respected medical professionals to assist us in proving your claim.

Local Experience, Outstanding Results

At Hall Ansley, P.C., our attorneys know the courts in Springfield and throughout Missouri. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients to enhance their post-injury quality of life. Let us review your case during a free initial consultation. Call us at 417-429-1372 or send us an email to schedule an appointment. We can help.