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Our medical malpractice lawyers handle lawsuits involving errors made during surgery.
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Medical Malpractice Claims for Surgical Errors

Mistakes during surgery can cause devastating effects for patients. While some injuries are temporary, many are very serious and carry lifelong consequences. Studies demonstrate that about one-third of patients who are victims of surgical error will suffer a permanent injury, while more than six percent do not survive.

The Most Common Surgical Errors

The most common surgical errors include the following:

  • Foreign Object Left Behind. The most common surgical mistake occurs when a foreign object is left in the patient during surgery. These often include a sponge, towel or even a medical instrument. These cases often involve negligence against both the surgeon and the nursing staff assisting the surgery.
  • Wrong Procedure. One consequence of assembly line medicine is that surgeons sometimes will perform the wrong procedure on a patient.
  • Wrong Site. It is not uncommon for a surgeon to operate on the wrong part of the body.
  • Unnecessary Surgery. This occurs both as a result of misdiagnosis and also when a doctor puts his or her financial interests above the interests of the patient.
  • Lack of Informed Consent. A doctor must inform the patient of information which is important to his or her decision to undergo the surgery. This includes complications arising from a surgery if those complications would be serious enough to affect the patient's decision to proceed with surgery.
  • Anesthesia Errors. The most common examples of errors committed in the administration of anesthesia include incorrect dose, wrong type, improper induction and failure to properly manage the administration of blood, fluids and medications.

Do I have a Viable Medical Malpractice Claim if My Doctor Failed to Diagnose Cancer?

The first step in a medical malpractice claim for failure to diagnose is proving that the doctor fell below the standard of care with respect to the treatment. This can occur when a doctor fails to order appropriate tests or misinterprets the results.

A failure to diagnose on its own, however, does not give rise to a medical malpractice claim. The patient must prove the delay in providing a proper diagnosis negatively impacted the outcome. When the condition results in the death of the patient, this is demonstrated by evidence that the patient likely would have survived but for the misdiagnosis. In other cases, harm can be proven by a prognosis that is worse than what would have occurred if the cancer was diagnosed timely.

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If you or a loved one has been harmed by a surgeon's errors, please contact us for a free consultation to discuss your potential medical malpractice claim. You can call us toll-free at 800.883.8888 or complete our online contact form.

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In the context of all medical services delivered in Arizona, serious medical errors are relatively uncommon. But, when they occur, the consequences can be devastating—emotionally and financially—to those affected. Our medical malpractice lawyers have helped victims to receive everything they deserve for their losses.

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O'Steen & Harrison, PLC originally was formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1974. This innovative law firm, which described itself as a "legal clinic," was dedicated to providing affordable legal services to people who traditionally had little or no access to lawyers. Since then, our injury lawyers have helped thousands of individuals and families protect their legal rights.