Massachusetts Surgical Errors Attorneys
Holding Surgeons & Hospitals Accountable for 30+ Years in Taunton, MA
One of the worst types of medical malpractice to ever occur is surgery malpractice. There’s a saying that there’s no such thing as a minor surgery—that is, every surgery carries some risks to the health and life of the patient. In general, patients have nothing to fear because Western medicine has created procedures and standards that keep patients safe and mitigate accidents.
However, these standards are only useful when doctors follow them. If a surgeon fails to provide the bare minimum in skill, attention, or care, their patients are the ones who pay the price. That’s when Percy Law Group, PC steps in. Our Taunton surgical error lawyers are the ones patients turn to when their doctors have failed them. If you’ve been harmed because a surgeon handled your procedure negligently, call our team to know your legal options.
Call (508) 206-9900 for a free consultation, or request an appointment with our simple online form.
How Do I Know If It Was Malpractice?
In order for a surgical error to be a medical malpractice event, it must meet two criteria: it must have failed the standard of care, and it must have caused you damage. If your situation lacks evidence of a surgical error or if you weren’t actually harmed, there’s no lawsuit. The other two elements of a medical malpractice suit are an established doctor-patient relationship (which is a given when you’re undergoing surgery), and the medical harm caused you demonstrable financial losses (which is more than likely).
Now, it’s fairly easy to know if a surgery caused you harm—but it’s harder to tell if your doctor failed the standard of care. One of the telltale signs of malpractice is when the surgeon did something beyond the scope of your informed consent form. In one recent story, a laser spine surgeon fused his patient’s vertebrae…despite the fact that the patient believed he was undergoing a fairly non-invasive procedure.
Examples of failing the standard of care include:
- Performing surgery on the wrong region
- Performing surgery on the wrong patient
- Leaving surgical instruments inside the patient (RSIs)
- Prescribing too much or the wrong type of anesthesia
- Lacerating a nerve during surgery
While the above situations sound a little far-fetched, over 4,000 preventable mistakes happen in surgeries every year. These things happen—and it costs patients their livelihoods, their comfort, their financial security, and even their lives.
Other medical failures are less obvious but can be revealed through focused investigation. Experts in hospital administration are required to suss out these mistakes—if it doesn’t seem like your doctor failed the standard of care, there’s a chance that you simply don’t have the training or resources to find it. Our Taunton medical malpractice attorneys, on the other hand, have the experience you need.
The Causes of Medical Malpractice
There are as many causes of negligence as there are examples of it. However, medical malpractice tends to fall into categories of negligence. While none of these factors are guarantees that medical malpractice occurred in your case, they are troubling factors that make surgical errors more likely.
- The leading causes of medical malpractice include:
- Incorrect procedure
- Inexperienced surgeon
- Not planning for patient health risks
- Long shifts without rest
- Substance abuse
- Poor communication among staff
Call a Taunton Surgical Error Attorney: (508) 206-9900
Percy Law Group, P.C. exists to advocate for the injured and grieving. Our attorneys are committed to nothing less than the absolute best outcome for our clients, whether that’s through negotiation and settlement or fierce litigation. If you were the victim of surgical negligence, you need someone in your corner who has seen these situations before.
Our team has been fighting for medical malpractice victims since 1994. With over a century of combined experience, we provide our clients with thorough preparation, meticulous attention to detail, and innovative solutions. The end result? Lifelong stability for the injured and justice on their behalf.
It all begins with a free consultation. By calling us and sharing your story, we can begin investigating the circumstances of your injuries, the factors that point to malpractice, and whether your claim could hold up in court. Once we have the facts, we can lay out your legal options and help you make the next decision with confidence.
Call (508) 206-9900 for your free consultation, or contact us online to request an appointment.