Even though surgery is an incredibly complex process, many surgical errors are preventable. That is because many surgical errors occur due to carelessness, negligence, human error, equipment failure, or miscommunication. Some examples of preventable surgical errors are leaving instruments, sponges, needles or other tools in a patient’s body, operating on the wrong body part, or operating on the wrong patient entirely. These errors are often the result of poor pre-operative planning, carelessness, or negligence.
Some surgical errors are less obvious, and come to light days, months, or years after a procedure when it becomes clear the results of the surgery weren’t what was expected. Often, investigation is required to determine what happened, what should have happened, and what the consequences of the error mean for the patient going forward with corrective, follow up surgeries or procedures often required.
If you believe you or a loved one has suffered because of a surgical error, it is important to speak with an attorney who knows the law and the standard of care associated with different types of procedures to properly evaluate what should be done. SGT has represented victims of surgical errors for decades and has recovered some of the largest medical malpractice verdicts and settlements in Connecticut history. Contact us today for a free consultation.