Maryland Medical Malpractice Attorneys Explain Surgical Malpractice Issues
Errors can occur leading up to and during surgery. Often the surgeon receives notes and scans from previous physician or radiologist prior to surgery. These notes and scans could be incorrectly interpreted or inconclusive. However, the surgeon has a duty to “measure twice and cut once” prior to performing a surgical procedure.
Common Surgical Failures:
Common Bile Duct Injury
Operation On Or Removal Of Healthy Limb/Organ
Medical Equipment Or Waste Left Inside Of Patient
Surgery Performed On The Wrong Patient
Errors during a surgical procedure can have a devastating impact on a patient. To determine whether you have been the victim of medical malpractice because of a surgical error requires a thorough investigation and review of your medical records. Because surgery, by its nature is a procedure full of risks, just having a bad result of the procedure is generally not enough for medical malpractice.
In order to demonstrate medical negligence several criteria must be proven. In Maryland, the plaintiff must show:
A patient/doctor relationship existed
The patient was owed a duty of care by the doctor/hospital/medical staff
The doctor’s actions or inactions deviated from the standard of care
The deviation from the standard was the proximate cause of the injuries suffered by the plaintiff
The plaintiff has suffered some type of physical, economic, and/or emotional loss because of the medical professional’s conduct
Victims of surgical errors can be faced with many challenges. In addition to the complications with the initial procedure, the patient may have to have a corrective surgery. This means additional recovery time, additional missed time from work and a disruption of your daily life. To add insult to injury, the hospital or surgery center may still send you a bill for both procedures.
Boston Law Group, LLC represents victims of birth injury and medical malpractice throughout Maryland. We can help victims in:
Prince George’s County
Anne Arundel County
St. Mary’s County