Surgeries come with risks, and patients are made aware of these before undergoing any type of procedure. However, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of medical professionals cause significant patient harm during surgery. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our team is here to help when you need a Dallas surgical errors attorney. We have extensive experience and knowledge handling this type of medical malpractice case, and we will work to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Johns Hopkins researchers have indicated that medical mistakes take the lives of more than 250,000 people each year across the country, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the US. Perhaps the most feared and most talked about types of medical errors are mistakes made during surgery.
Every surgery is an invasive procedure that comes with risks. However, patients should be able to count on surgeons and surgical teams handling every procedure with an adequate standard of care. Some of the most detrimental surgical errors are called “never events.” These are surgical mistakes that should absolutely never happen, and can include:
Research indicates that “never events” occur in surgery approximately 4,000 times a year in the US. However, while this type of mistake has mandatory reporting requirements, there are various other “minor” surgical errors that do not have to be reported that can cause significant patient harm as well.
Surgical mistakes can result in temporary injuries, permanent injuries, or even death. These errors can result in significant scarring or disfigurement, internal organ damage or failure, massive blood loss, nerve damage, and permanent impairment of mobility or cognitive functions.
The Texas medical malpractice statute of limitations is two years from the date the medical mistake occurred or from the date a person realizes or reasonably should have realized, that a mistake occurred. In some cases, a person may not realize that a surgical error caused them harm until close to or after the two-year statute of limitations has expired. This could be the case if a surgical object is left behind inside of a person’s body. However, there is an overall statute of repose for medical malpractice claims of ten years. This means that a medical malpractice claim cannot be filed more than ten years after the error occurred, regardless of when the person discovers the mistake.
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of a medical provider during surgery, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we pledge to conduct a full investigation into your case in order to secure the compensation you need, which can include: