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Surgeons Involved in Half of All Medical Malpractice Suits in US

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It is well known that surgery is never without risks. Whenever anesthesia and surgical procedures are involved, the possibility of something unforeseen occurring is always present. However, a bad surgical outcome clearly caused by procedures below the accepted standards of care and treatment is not a risk; rather it is surgical medical malpractice.

Half of all medical malpractice suits filed in the U.S. involve surgeons. Not only do these cases involve surgical mistakes, they also can involve errors during pre-operative work-ups and during the post-operative recovery period.

Each day there are millions of surgical procedures performed. The incidence of surgical malpractice is higher than commonly known. Errors can take place with anesthesia, the wrong site being operated on, or the wrong limb being amputated.

Some surgical procedures that have commonly been involved in cases of surgical malpractice include LASIK eye surgery, gastric bypass surgery, cosmetic surgery, back surgery, orthopedic surgery, surgical instruments left inside the body, and/or post surgical infection.

Occurrences of surgical malpractice can have a major impact, not just on the patient, but his/her family as well. Individuals must regain the ability to move forward with their lives and once again become productive members of the community again after a medical error.

In order for an individual to move forward, he/she must be able to access all that is available to him/her. Aid services and agencies can be costly and place undue financial burdens on malpractice victims.

An untold number of deaths across the U.S. each year are caused by surgical malpractice. Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer.

The majority of problems during surgery are caused by surgeon error, anesthesiology error, or hospital negligence. Patients and families are not equipped to determine fault in these cases and an experienced attorney’s aid is necessary to fight your case.