Surgical Errors

Every surgical procedure carries a certain degree of risk. However, when you go in for surgery, you can reasonably expect that your surgeon, anesthesiologist, and other health care professionals will be careful. Unfortunately that is not always the case. Each year thousands of people are affected by preventable surgical errors, a common form of medical malpractice. Surgical errors can occur in any operation, no matter how routine.

However, surgical errors  most commonly occur during:
  • Childbirth
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery

What Are Some Types of Surgical Errors?
  • Surgical errors can occur during the procedure or post-operatively. They can include:
  • Delayed corrective surgery
  • Leaving surgical instruments or sponges within the body
  • Performing the wrong procedure
  • Organ puncture or laceration
  • Operating on the wrong body part or patient
  • Anesthesia errors

Martha Gold is a New York medical malpractice attorney who has successfully represented many victims and families who have been forced to deal with the impact of surgical errors. She is familiar with the special issues and complexities that are involved in this area of the law, and draws on her extensive experience in medical negligence to represent her clients.