Medical Malpractice Lawsuits For Surgical Errors

Last updated on May 16, 2023

Surgical procedures are a form of modern miracles. They save lives every day. But when a surgery goes wrong and medical errors or mistakes are made and the surgery actually makes everything worse, the results can be devastating. John Hammons has been helping victims of medical malpractice throughout Louisiana since 1980. Over the past 40 years, he has developed a team of attorneys and staff dedicated to representing victims of medical malpractice. With offices in Shreveport and Lafayette, our medical malpractice attorneys help those who have suffered from injuries or illnesses due to medical mistakes and surgical errors recover financial compensation for their losses.

Medical Negligence During Surgery

While surgery of any form can have risks, when medical mistakes and preventable errors occur during a procedure and cause injury or harm to the patient, this can be considered negligence and potentially provide the foundation for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Surgery risks are always present and should be discussed with you before your surgery. Adverse reactions or complications from a surgery are not necessarily errors, even if they cause injury or harm. Surgical errors are defined as mistakes that should have been prevented through reasonable competence by a surgeon, the surgical team and the medical facility. When a surgical mistake or error is made and it causes harm, injury or death to the patient, it can be considered a form of medical malpractice.

Types Of Surgical Mistakes

Thousands of people are harmed every year by surgical errors and mistakes. Even a routine surgery can turn into a medical catastrophe if errors are made by the medical team. Some common surgical errors that result in pain, suffering or injury to patients include:

  • Wrong-site surgery: Surgery was performed on the wrong site (for example, the left kidney was removed instead of the right).
  • Wrong-patient surgery: Surgery was performed on the wrong patient.
  • Forgotten tools: Medical tools or equipment were left inside the patient.
  • Anesthesia errors: Mistakes were made with the administration of anesthesia.
  • Damage to nerves or tissue: Mistakes or errors caused nerve or tissue damage.
  • Improper incisions: Surgical incisions were made by mistake or in the wrong place.

These mistakes during surgery are preventable and are not generally among the expected risks of surgery. When negligence during the surgical procedure can be proven and there was harm caused by the mistake, the patient has the legal right to pursue compensation for damages under medical malpractice laws in Louisiana.

Experienced Surgical Error Medical Malpractice Attorneys

In Louisiana, there are strict laws that protect the medical community from medical malpractice lawsuits. Extensive research and investigation is required to uncover and identify the errors and mistakes made by a surgical team. The steps toward litigation are complicated and are often appealed by the medical community. In addition, time is of the essence. There are strict filing deadlines on how quickly you have to file a claim for damages after a surgical error in Louisiana.

At Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, our medical malpractice lawyers have decades of experience and only handle medical negligence cases. When a surgical error has caused you harm, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you fight for justice and financial compensation for your pain and suffering.

Call Us For A Free Consultation And Case Evaluation

When you or a loved one has been injured due to a surgical error that could have been prevented, you have the right to seek compensation. Contact us at 318-716-7329 or send an email using our online contact form to schedule your free appointment today.