Seek Restitution with Surgical Error Attorneys
Surgical errors can turn routine procedures into devastating, life-altering events. These preventable mistakes can be made during any phase of surgery and are most often caused by carelessness or negligence on the part of a medical professional. Unfortunately, these errors can result in serious emotional and physical losses for you or your loved one. At Will Ferguson & Associates in Albuquerque, New Mexico, our surgical error attorneys will hold medical professionals accountable for their actions and seek the restitution you deserve.
What Causes Surgical Errors?
Surgical errors are distinct from the inherent risks of surgery. A number of variables can contribute to surgical errors, including but not limited to:
- An inexperienced surgeon or medical staff
- Lack of planning
- Poor communication between medical professionals during a procedure
- Alcohol or drug use
- Neglect of sterilization procedures
- General human error
If you are struggling with an injury sustained during surgery and believe another party is at fault, our attorneys can evaluate your situation and help determine the underlying cause of a surgical error.
Different Types of Surgical Errors
Mistakes in the operating room can have a devastating impact not only on the patient but also on family and friends. The most common types of surgical errors are:
- Performing surgery on the wrong area of the body
- Creating unnecessary incisions
- Performing the wrong procedure
- Leaving surgical instruments or other foreign objects inside the patient
- Using improper instruments
- Damaging other organs, nerves, and tissues during the surgical process
- Administering too much or not enough anesthesia
Surgical errors can cause life-threatening complications, including organ damage, disfigurement, excessive scarring, disability, or death. While you focus on recovery, our team will work to build a solid medical malpractice case.
Victims of surgical errors can experience both emotional and physical trauma. This often extends past the initial procedure, as additional surgery may be needed to correct any damage sustained. Surgical errors may also result in more extended hospital stays, physical therapy, or other rehabilitation treatments. If you are forced to miss work to undergo secondary procedures, you may lose the income necessary to pay off substantial medical bills.
If you, or a loved one, were the victim of a surgical mistake, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. These damages will provide restitution for:
- Your loss of body function
- Lost wages and loss of income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Decreased quality of life
- Current and future medical expenses resulting from a surgical error, including future medication
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You may also have the option to pursue punitive damages, which are awarded in addition to compensatory damages. To receive punitive damages, there must be evidence that the surgeon or medical professional is culpable of malicious, willful, reckless, wanton fraudulent or bad faith behavior. Punitive damages are intended to discourage these types of behavior in the future. Depending on your unique situation, our attorneys will help prosecute your case to the fullest extent of the law.
Representation You Deserve
Our attorneys have secured several million-dollar settlements for victims of medical malpractice. Since turning our focus to personal injury cases in 1983, our firm has handled a wide range of medical malpractice claims involving surgical error. At our firm, we will work tirelessly to ensure a satisfactory outcome. We are never afraid to take on Albuquerque’s largest hospitals and surgical facilities in order to seek justice.
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Our attorneys have secured several million-dollar settlements for victims of medical malpractice. Since turning our focus to personal injury cases in 1983, our firm has handled a wide range of medical malpractice claims involving surgical error. At our firm, we will work tirelessly to ensure a satisfactory outcome. We are never afraid to take on New Mexico’s largest hospitals and surgical facilities in order to seek justice.