Surgical mistakes often require corrective procedures and longer hospital stays, potentially costing a patient thousands in unnecessary medical bills and lost wages. Furthermore, patients can suffer permanent scarring, disfigurement, or mental or physical impairments because of errors made during surgery. When negligence is to blame for a surgery mistake, that is, the care you received deviated from accepted standards of practice, you may be entitled to compensation under medical malpractice law. The Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. medical error attorneys at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. can explain your legal rights and help you obtain the fair and just compensation you deserve.
The surgical errors handled by our firm include:
The issue of wrong-site surgery may be getting worse. In 2010, the Joint Commission received 93 reports of this surgical mistake, up from 49 reports in 2004. Because reporting is voluntary, the actual incidence may be much higher. In fact, the Joint Commission estimates wrong-site surgery occurs about 40 times per week in the U.S. If you had the wrong body part operated on or underwent a surgical procedure intended for someone else, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. right away.
Sometimes surgeons mistakenly stitch up a patient with a medical instrument left inside them, known as a retained surgical object. Estimates state that this error occurs at a rate of one in every 8,000 to 18,000 operations, though one study found the rate to be one in every 5,500 operations. Patients may require additional surgery to remove the retained object and can experience complications such as infection, organ puncture or blockage, or even death. If a doctor left a surgical instrument in your body, you may have a medical malpractice claim.
To win a medical malpractice case, you must prove four things:
You may have a medical malpractice case if your surgery went wrong because of faulty or ill-maintained equipment or due to a medical professional’s:
To receive a free case evaluation from a knowledgeable and experienced malpractice attorney, contact the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. medical malpractice lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. today.