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Surgical & Anesthesia Errors

Compensation from doctors and hospitals responsible for your injuries

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concluded that approximately 80,000 surgical mistakes happened in U.S. hospitals in the 20-year period between 1990 and 2010 — equaling approximately 4,000 surgical mistakes every year. The study dubbed these incidents “never events” because they should never have occurred, and would not have except for the negligence of doctors, nurses, staff, other medical professionals and the hospitals where they worked.

In an age when healthcare expenses have skyrocketed, cutting costs often takes precedence over patient safety. Yet the costs to injured patients are extraordinary. Unfortunately, little has changed since Revo Smith Law was founded 30 years ago. “Never events” continue to occur and patients continue to pay the physical, emotional and financial costs of those mistakes.

Common surgical errors

Authors of the Johns Hopkins study determined that these types of doctor and hospital errors were almost always preventable:

  • Leaving a foreign object in a patient's body
  • Performing the wrong procedure on a patient
  • Operating on the wrong body part
  • Anesthesia mistakes
  • Unsterile equipment that causes patient infection
  • Tubes improperly inserted into the patient
  • Emergency room delays
  • Recovery room problems

Anesthesia errors

Anesthesia is supposed to dull pain and create unconsciousness and amnesia so patients do not recollect the traumatic surgical experience. However, the process of administering anesthesia is exacting. Too much of the powerful drugs can result in traumatic brain damage and death. Too little of the medications can fail to render patients unconscious, leading to the excruciating experience of remaining awake during surgery.

What our medical malpractice attorneys can do to help you

A surgical mistake can cause you permanent disability and pain that require a lifetime of expensive medical care, diminished quality of life and a shortened lifespan. Our medical malpractice lawyers investigate your claim to determine who was responsible for your injuries or your loved one's death. We pursue the maximum compensation from your surgical team and the hospital facility that made the medical mistakes.