Holding Negligent Parties Accountable for Surgical Errors
Unfortunately many patients suffer injuries because of surgical errors or medical mistakes. This is commonly referred to as medical malpractice or medical negligence. Poor pre-operative planning, anesthesia mistakes, infection, incorrect incisions, or operating on the wrong site are several examples of medical negligence.
The culprit is often a negligent, careless, or inexperienced doctor or nurse. After suffering from surgical errors, it is wise to seek out a medical negligence lawyer for legal representation.
To set up a consultation with a trusted surgical error attorney at Moody Law in Bartow or Lakeland, FL, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
Surgical errors are not limited to a certain type of procedure. Each attorney at Moody Law has worked with patients injured during laparoscopic surgical procedures, robotic procedures, gallbladder surgeries, appendectomies, orthopedic surgeries, neurosurgeries, and obstetric procedures. All surgeries carry some risk of complications, anesthesia reactions, blood clots, infection, cardiovascular issues, and healing complications.
However, patients who suffer complications because a doctor failed to operate according to standards of professional skill and care should be compensated for their injuries.
In some cases of medical malpractice, a foreign object is left in the patient’s body during surgery. These foreign objects include instruments such as a sponge, clamp, pair of forceps, needle, or other paraphernalia commonly used in surgery, examination, or diagnostic procedures. Florida’s medical malpractice laws shift the burden of proof from the patient to the negligent doctor or nurse who left the foreign object in the patient's body.
This constitutes a prima facie case, in which the evidence is sufficient to prove the case by the mere fact that the object was left in the patient’s body. In other words, the patient only has to prove that the doctor or nurse left the object in the patient’s body.
A majority of surgical errors involve administering anesthesia. The injury to the patient can be life-threatening - sometimes causing permanent brain damage, coma, organ damage, asphyxia, cardiovascular problems, or even death.
This anesthesia error case was successfully litigated against oral surgeons for the improper use of anesthesia, which caused partial paralysis to a 66 year-old man. The resulting settlement was $2,000,000.00 for the client and his family.
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If you or a loved one has suffered injury from surgical errors or medical malpractice, please contact us by completing our online form, or call us at (863) 733-9090. Moody Law provides legal representation to medical negligence victims throughout Central Florida, and understands how devastating a surgical error or medical mistake made by a negligent doctor or negligent nurse can be to a family. We are here to help you.