Surgical procedures often come with risks, including possible complications and infections. This is just one of the reasons why you want your surgeon to do the procedure right the first time. Unfortunately, that isn’t always what happens and serious Boston injury and wrongful death can result.
If you or someone you love got hurt or developed serious health complications because of surgical negligence, you may have grounds for a Boston surgical malpractice lawsuit.
Common examples of mistakes that can happen during surgery:
• Anesthesia errors • Performing the right operation on the wrong body part • Performing the wrong surgery on a patient • Accidentally leaving medical instruments or other tools in a patient’s body • Unsanitary conditions/equipment • Removing the wrong body part (For example, amputating the wrong leg or removing the breast that doesn’t have cancerous cells)
• Performing an unnecessary hysterectomy on a patient • Birthing negligence • C-section negligence • Accidentally perforating an organ during surgery
Unfortunately, tens of thousands of surgical errors happen in the United States every year. Common causes of this type of Boston medical malpractice may include:
• Exhaustion • Inexperience • Failure to follow proper procedures • Inadequate safety procedures and medical protocols • Poor supervision • Distractions • Rushing • Poor communication among the medical team
Sometimes, a Massachusetts medical mistake happens for no reason at all. Always, it is the patient that ends up suffering, possibly sustaining organ damage, scarring, a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury, permanent disability, paralysis, or even death.
Even if the surgeon, anesthesiologist, attending, or intern made an honest mistake, you still could have grounds for filing a Boston personal injury or wrongful death case. You have three years from the cause of action to file your Massachusetts medical malpractice action. This type of cause of action accrues when the plaintiff discovers or should have reasonably found out about the offense that caused the injury. This state follows the doctrine of modified comparative negligence for surgical malpractice cases.
Related Web Resources:
Thousands of Mistakes Made in Surgery Every Year, WebMD, December 26, 2012
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Poor Patients are Less Likely to File Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, Reports New Study, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, February 27, 2012
$63M Motrin Injury Verdict Awarded to Family of Girl Who Developed Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis After Taking Children’s Motrin, Drug Injury Lawyers Blog, February 12, 2013
At Altman & Altman, LLP, our Boston surgical malpractice lawyers are happy to offer you a free case evaluation.