Surgical errors caused as a result of medical negligence can be life-altering. Unintentional cutting can lead to spinal or organ damage. A pierced colon could be life threatening. Sponges or surgical instruments are sometimes left in the body. The wrong surgery could be performed, perhaps on the wrong part of the body. The result? Lost work time, additional medical expenses, or wrongful death. Sometimes, surgical errors require further surgeries to correct.
Surgical errors can include:
- Anesthesia errors leading to death or permanent brain damage
- Surgery on the wrong body part or on the wrong side of the body
- Sponges, clamps or other foreign objects left in the surgical cavity
- Cutting errors leading to organ damage, colon piercing, or spinal cord injury
- Failure to monitor vital signs during surgery leading to brain damage or other serious complications
- Avoidable complications such as severe infection post-operative recovery