The most common types of surgical errors

| Jul 20, 2021 | Medical Malpractice |

Unfortunately, not all surgeries in Georgia go as planned. There are times in which medical malpractice takes place and causes a surgical error. These are the most common types of surgical errors that occur.

Damaging tissues or organs

A doctor can damage tissues or organs if they aren’t careful. This can happen when he or she is trying to rush or uses the wrong instrument during surgery. When this happens, a patient may experience debilitating issues that can impact them for the rest of his or her life. This can lead to a medical malpractice suit.

Operating on the wrong part of the body

Surgeons may read a patient’s chart wrong and end up operating on the wrong part of the body. This can keep the patient from getting the actual procedure that he or she needed in the first place and cause him or her to have to undergo another surgery. In emergencies, the patient can actually die due to a lack of proper care.

Leaving instruments inside of the surgical site

Many surgeons end up using a lot of different equipment when they are operating on patients. While there are procedures in place to make sure that all the equipment gets accounted for before they close up the patient, oversights do happen. If a surgeon leaves some type of medical instrument inside of a patient, it can cause all sorts of issues including pain, internal bleeding or an infection.

If you’ve experienced any of these medical errors, you do have rights. You may want to seek an attorney that has experience dealing with medical malpractice cases. He or she will talk to you about the details of what happened so that he or she can discuss your option for moving forward.