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Surgical Errors Causing Wrongful Death

Dec 28, 2022 | Wrongful Death

Usually, any surgical treatment involves different levels of risk, and surgical errors are possible. An unfavorable outcome from surgery is not always the result of neglect or error. However, if medical malpractice was to blame for the surgery’s adverse effects, the harmed patient may have a case.

Surgical errors can result in fatalities or life-changing traumas. You might be eligible for compensation for your injuries if your surgeon made a mistake during surgery that injured you because you were tired, drunk, or otherwise impaired or distracted for any other reason.

Thus, the skilled Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers at KAASS LAW will investigate your case and identify who was at fault for your injuries.

Common Causes of Surgical Injuries

Given the complexity of the surgical environment, a variety of circumstances, such as the following, can result in surgical errors:

  • Communication lapses between a doctor, a nurse, or another medical expert
  • Technical malfunctions
  • Surgeons who leave the operation room or hospital without staying to check on patients
  • Exhaustion after long hours at work
  • Failure to correctly identify the patient or perform the recommended procedure
  • Doctors practicing medicine outside of what they are trained to do
  • Substance addiction problems among healthcare providers
  • Insufficient expertise
  • Combined/concurrent Procedures
  • Unqualified persons perform surgery
  • Missing warning indicators as a result of carelessness or poor monitoring

Surgical Errors as a Result of a Doctor’s Negligence

Surgical errors that can have fatal consequences and cause wrongful death to the patient:

  • Incorrect or Worthless Surgical Technique

A patient is admitted to the hospital for one surgical treatment, but the incorrect surgical procedure is carried out owing to carelessness. So, this delays the right course of action and puts the patient in needless danger for surgical and postoperative problems.

  • Leaving Medical Instruments Inside The Patient

The medical instrument can result in discomfort, infection, and other crippling health issues. In addition to requiring multiple procedures to remove the objects, it can lead to complications like other surgical errors, such as infections and paralysis.

Catastrophic Injuries Brought On By Surgical Mistakes

A catastrophic injury drastically alters the victim’s life and, as a result, causes the necessity for lifelong care. Examples of severe damage brought on by surgical errors include:

  • Brain death or severe brain damage is commonly a reason for a lack of oxygen
  • Anesthesia mistakes can cause unconsciousness, brain damage, and, finally, paralysis.
  • Spinal cord injury-related paralysis
  • Death is painful to any affected organ

Bringing Lawsuit For Surgical Errors

Any one of the medical staff members presents in the operating room, including the anesthesiologist and the surgeon doing the procedure, may be at fault when a surgical error happens. The person who caused your harm and the person who can be held accountable for your injuries and damages must be determined by your Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyer. Specifically, there are several components that the plaintiff must be able to prove to succeed in a medical malpractice lawsuit in California, including:

  • Duty and responsibility to use the same level of skill, caution, and diligence as other professionals in the field do
  • A violation of that duty
  • A direct link between the harm and the irresponsible behavior that caused it

Although the criminal justice system can provide families with justice for losing a loved one, the civil system allows them to be compensated for their losses. In particular, you can get compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost earnings and lost financial assistance
  • Loss of emotional support and companionship
  • Loss of advantages
  • Pain and suffering 
  • Other financial and non-financial harms

Call Now Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys!

Medical malpractice can be fatal and drastically affect a person’s life. If a surgical error has injured you or a loved one, call KAASS LAW at 310-933-5171 to arrange a consultation and learn how we can assist you. Visit this link to view our other practices.