Any time that you go in for surgery, you are trusting your life to the
medical professionals overseeing your case. Even in the most minor surgery,
there are numerous things that may go wrong and cause you considerable
harm. In order to hold a doctor accountable for medical malpractice, it
must be shown that the doctor did not act within the standard level of
care that should have been afforded to you and this inability to act in
the proper manner resulted in your injury. Luckily, it is generally simple
to determine if a surgical error was due to the failure to maintain a
standard level of care in treatment.
Surgical Errors Are Largely Preventable
A surgical error occurs any time that a doctor makes a mistake during a
surgery that may have been preventable. While all surgery involves some
level of risk, medical professionals are supposed to disclose these risks
in something known as
informed consent. An error that occurs outside the realm of informed consent is considered
Some of the most common reasons that a preventable error may occur is:
- Incompetence and lack of skill
- Use of alcohol or drugs
- Sleepiness and fatigue
- Improper work process
- Poor communication
Surgical errors can result in a wide range of injuries. Some examples of
can be operating on the wrong body part or even patient, leaving surgical
equipment inside of the body, making an anesthesia mistake, or injuring
a nerve or unrelated body part during the surgery.
Have you received a surgical procedure where a doctor acted outside the
standard course of treatment and caused you irreparable harm? Take action!
With an Oregon medical malpractice attorney by your side, you can hold
negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. Schedule a complimentary
case consultation today!