Wyoming Surgical Error Attorneys
To be performed safely, surgery requires a team of well-trained professionals working in unison. There are many factors that can lead to a surgical error, including lack of communication, improper training, and basic incompetence.
Mistakes made in the operating room have devastating repercussions, and hospitals must do everything they can to prevent them. This includes hiring qualified employees, monitoring their work, and developing essential safeguards.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by surgical malpractice in Wyoming, you may not know where to turn for help. And it’s disconcerting to find out that the people who are supposed to heal patients are actually responsible for your injuries.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’ve won millions of dollars in settlements for patients who were harmed by avoidable medical errors. We’ll sit down with you and your family and advise you on the best course of action.
Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule a free consultation today.
Doctors and everyone else on the surgical team are required to uphold the standard of care that’s expected in their profession. Surgical malpractice occurs when someone at the hospital fails to uphold this standard, causing serious harm to a patient.
Surgical malpractice is determined by comparing a doctor’s actions to what a reasonably competent practitioner would have done in the same circumstances. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), over 4,000 patients are harmed by surgical malpractice every year.
When medical professionals make careless mistakes, patients get hurt. And it’s often difficult to believe the level of incompetence and malfeasance that’s involved. For example, surgeons have left medical equipment such as clamps and sponges inside their patients.
Other acts of inexcusable behavior include doctors who operate while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, surgical teams that mistakenly remove a perfectly healthy body part, and cases where surgery was actually performed on the wrong patient!
Surgical malpractice results in catastrophic injuries, including:
- Loss of healthy body parts
- Nerve damage
Perhaps the most disheartening thing about surgical errors is that they’re completely preventable. But many hospitals fail to take necessary measures to fully protect patients. One area where hospitals are often at fault is in their hiring practices. Hospitals often fail to adequately screen personnel, and this results in hiring people who may have an unsafe work history.
Hospitals must also develop procedures and guidelines that enhance safety across the board. This requires supervisors to actively observe employee behavior and make necessary changes to protect patients.
Negligent practices that result in surgical errors include:
- Inadequate surgical planning
- Negligent hiring
- Insufficient training for medical devices
- Deviations from standard procedures
- Failure to conduct regular audits
- Inconsistent rules and guidelines
- Failure to follow hospital rules and procedures
- Lack of standardized equipment
- Failure to practice basic hygiene
- Ineffective or outdated surgical techniques
- Failure to ensure dosage alerts for medications
Hospital administrators are responsible for errors that occur due to a lack of oversight. But people are ultimately responsible for their own actions. And everyone who works at the hospital may be held accountable for careless mistakes that can injure a patient. This includes:
- Hospital administrators
- Medical technicians
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we’ve won record-breaking settlements for clients who were injured by medical malpractice. This isn’t our first rodeo. Our team of investigators will find out what really happened.
After reviewing your medical records and examining internal hospital documents, our team will interview witnesses and consult with medical experts. Then we’ll file a claim against anyone whose negligent behavior contributed to your injuries.
A Wyoming surgical malpractice claim includes these types of damages:
- Current and future medical bills
- Assisted living care
- Time missed from work
- Medical devices
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning potential
- Wheelchair access for your home
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Wrongful death
When you trust your health to doctors and other medical professionals, you have the right to receive the appropriate treatment. If somebody carelessly harmed you or a loved one, then they should have to pay for it.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our Wyoming medical malpractice lawyers treat all our clients with respect and compassion. Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.