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Surgery is generally quite complicated, and the risk of injury to the patient is heightened during such procedures. Given the likelihood of injury, healthcare professionals must be particularly careful in proceeding with a surgical intervention — after all, the patient could be exposed to dangers that include infection, organ failure, and more. Healthcare professionals — in Pittsburgh and elsewhere in Pennsylvania — must adhere to the applicable standard of care when treating their patients. When your treating healthcare professional fails to meet the applicable standard of care, and you suffer an injury as a result, then you are entitled to bring an action for damages against them on the basis of medical malpractice.
Not all surgery errors are actionable. Mistakes do happen, and some are simply unavoidable. Surgical errors that result from medical negligence, however, will give you a legitimate right of recovery under Pennsylvania law. Contact our team of Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers here at Matzus Law for further guidance on how to proceed with your claim. We will evaluate your case and determine the most effective strategy for securing maximum compensation on your behalf.
In order to succeed in medical malpractice litigation, you will have to prove that the defendant violated the standard of care. The standard of care can vary significantly, depending on the circumstances. For example, the standard of care imposed on a surgeon with specialized training in performing specific procedures will likely be stricter (when performing such procedures) than the standard of care imposed on another surgeon who lacks that specialized training.
Common surgical errors giving rise to medical negligence — and therefore, actionable medical malpractice claims — in Pennsylvania include:
If you have been injured due to a surgical error at a hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, it is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible so that your claims can be fully investigated, assessed, and filed with the relevant court. This will preserve your claims and ensure that you have the opportunity to pursue litigation without administrative roadblocks such as statute of limitations issues.
If you’ve suffered injuries due to an error committed by the treating healthcare professionals involved in your surgery, then you may be entitled to significant compensation pursuant to Pennsylvania medical malpractice law. Medical malpractice claims can be challenging. Unless the liability of the defendant is particularly obvious, or egregious, they are likely to put up a fight.
Attorney Jason Matzus is a Pittsburgh-based medical malpractice lawyer with decades of experience litigating a wide range of claims involving medical negligence issues, including surgical error scenarios. Here at Matzus Law, we are committed to thorough, industry-leading legal representation. As such, we work closely with clients to ensure that they are kept apprised of new developments in their case. Further, we work with qualified medical experts throughout the litigation process. These experts give us unique insights into the claims at issue and allow us to present a more persuasive argument overall.
Call now or submit an online case evaluation form to schedule a free and confidential consultation with one of the Pittsburgh surgical error lawyers here at Matzus Law.
Surgical malpractice can occur anytime a patient undergoes any type of surgery. Surgical malpractice occurs when a surgeon, anesthesiologist or other medical provider involved with performing the surgery makes a preventable mistake or engages in careless decision making during the surgery that injures the patient. Tragically, surgical malpractice can and often does cause profound injuries, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, limb amputation or even death. One of the most common types of surgical malpractice cases involves anesthesia errors and the most common type of anesthesia mistake is when the anesthesiologist administers too much of the drug to the patient resulting in the patient not receiving enough oxygen to the brain during surgery, which can cause brain damage or kill the patient. Another common type of surgical malpractice occurs when surgeons leave foreign objects inside their patients, such as surgical sponges or surgical gauze. If a foreign object is left inside a patient, the patient can experience a very severe infection that can cause significant injury or their death. Also, with the advance of technology, there has been an increase in robotic surgery. One of the dangers of robotic surgery is that it can cause accidental hemorrhage caused by lacerations and injury to surrounding structures or organs.
Studies indicate that there are at least 4,000 preventable surgical errors that occur each year in the United States. If you or someone you love has recently undergone surgery and suffered a serious injury as a result of the surgery, please call my law firm, Matzus Law. We will perform a root cause investigation to determine if your injury was caused by surgical malpractice.
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