What Is Surgical Negligence?

Surgery involves a certain amount of risk and unforeseen complications, but bad surgical outcomes may fall into the category of medical malpractice. Lives are lost or permanently altered due to a negligent surgeon, surgical mistake or medical lapse by an operating team member.

Examples of other surgical mistakes include:

  • Operating on the wrong body part or patient
  • Performing the wrong surgery
  • Injuring adjacent organs
  • Delayed surgery
  • Improper sterilization
  • Leaving surgical tools inside the body
  • Postoperative complications

Anesthesia errors can be equally devastating. Anesthesiologists must carefully administer the anesthesia and monitor the patient's vital signs throughout the operation. Brain injury, suffocation, paralysis, heart attack, coma and even death can result from mistakes in anesthesia dosage and monitoring. Malpractice can even occur after surgery if a patient is not properly monitored or given proper postoperative care by medical personnel.

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