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Surgical Errors and Complications Negligence Attorneys

Surgery is an inevitable aspect of healthcare for countless individuals, spanning various demographics and medical conditions. Whether it’s a routine procedure or a complex operation, the need for surgical intervention is pervasive throughout society. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides staggering data indicating that in 2007 alone, over 50 million surgical procedures were performed in the United States, reflecting the widespread reliance on surgical treatments for various ailments and injuries.

However, amidst the necessity for surgical care, the occurrence of errors and complications casts a shadow on patient safety. Negligence, defined as the failure of healthcare professionals to uphold the expected standard of skill and care in similar circumstances, plays a significant role in many adverse surgical outcomes. The repercussions of such negligence can be severe, potentially leading to prolonged recovery times, permanent disabilities or even fatalities. A landmark article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Vol. 284, No. 4, July 2000, draws attention to the alarming reality that medical errors rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive strategies to enhance patient safety and minimize preventable harm in surgical settings.

Surgical Errors Leading to Medical Malpractice

Navigating surgical procedures can be an intricate journey fraught with potential risks and complications, some of which can arise from medical malpractice. In the realm of healthcare, errors and oversights during surgery can have profound consequences for patients, impacting their physical well-being and quality of life. Some of the surgical errors and complications which can occur as a result of medical malpractice include:

  • Leaving surgical instruments or sponges in the body: This can lead to various complications such as infection, inflammation, organ damage, and even life-threatening conditions if left untreated. The retained foreign objects may require additional surgeries to remove, prolonging recovery time and increasing healthcare costs.
  • Operating on the wrong body part: This flagrant error can result in unnecessary procedures on healthy tissues or organs, leading to physical and emotional distress for the patient. It can also necessitate corrective surgeries, exposing the patient to further risks and complications.
  • Damage to other vessels or organs during surgery:
    • Laceration or damage to the bladder: Injuries to the bladder can lead to urinary complications, including urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence and difficulty urinating.
    • Perforation or puncture of the bowel: Bowel perforations can result in peritonitis, a severe abdominal infection, which requires prompt treatment with antibiotics and surgical repair.
    • Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage): Uncontrolled bleeding during surgery can lead to hypovolemic shock, organ damage, and even death if not promptly addressed through blood transfusions or surgical intervention.
    • Nerve damage: Nerve injuries can cause chronic pain, numbness, weakness or paralysis in the affected area, significantly impairing the patient’s quality of life and functional abilities.
    • Paralysis: Damage to the spinal cord or nerves during surgery can result in partial or complete paralysis, leading to permanent disability and requiring lifelong medical care and support.
    • Post-surgical infection: Surgical site infections can occur due to poor sterilization techniques, inadequate wound care, or contamination during surgery, prolonging recovery time and increasing the risk of complications such as sepsis or organ failure.
    • Brain damage: Surgery involving the brain carries inherent risks, including the potential for brain damage due to bleeding, infection, anesthesia complications or surgical errors. Brain injuries can result in cognitive impairment, motor deficits, seizures, and other neurological complications, significantly impacting the patient’s overall functioning and quality of life.

The Impacts and Challenges of Surgical Errors

The ramifications of surgical errors are frequently profound and multifaceted, extending far beyond the initial misstep in the operating room. When a surgical procedure goes awry, necessitating corrective intervention, patients may face a cascade of adverse effects. First and foremost, the need for a second surgery often amplifies the physical toll on the patient’s body, with potential consequences such as:

  • Excessive scarring: The development of prominent scars can not only be a cosmetic concern but also lead to discomfort, psychological distress and reduced self-esteem for the patient. Excessive scarring may require additional medical interventions such as scar revision surgery or dermatological treatments to improve appearance and alleviate symptoms.
  • Increased chance of infection: Complications from surgical errors can compromise the integrity of the surgical site, making it more susceptible to infections. These infections can range from superficial wound infections to deeper, more serious infections such as sepsis, requiring aggressive medical treatment with antibiotics, wound care and potential surgical debridement.
  • Increased risk of mortality and morbidity: A second surgery due to a surgical mistake inherently elevates the patient’s risk of experiencing adverse outcomes, including mortality and morbidity.
  • Additional time away from home and work: The need for repeat surgeries extends the recovery duration, necessitating more time away from home and work responsibilities.
  • Extended recovery time and hospital stay: Each subsequent surgery prolongs the recovery process, as the body must heal from multiple interventions and potential complications. Extended hospital stays may be required to monitor the patient’s condition, administer treatments, and ensure adequate post-operative care, further delaying the return to normal activities and routines.
  • Increased medical bills and expenses: The financial burden associated with surgical errors extends beyond the initial procedure, encompassing additional medical treatments, hospitalizations, medications and rehabilitative services. The cumulative costs of ongoing medical care can quickly accumulate, placing a significant strain on the patient’s finances and overall well-being.

Contact Burnside Law Firm to Discuss Your Medical Malpractice Claim

If you or a loved one has endured an injury as a result of a surgical error or complication, it’s imperative to seek legal guidance promptly to protect your rights and pursue rightful compensation. Contacting an attorney at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation can provide invaluable insights into the complexities of medical malpractice claims. With a proven track record of success in handling such cases, the experienced attorneys at Burnside Law Firm possess the dedication needed to advocate for your interests.

During the consultation, we will assess the specifics of your situation, offer personalized guidance, and outline the legal options available to you. From gathering evidence to navigating negotiations with insurance companies or pursuing litigation if necessary, the legal team at Burnside Law Firm stands ready to provide comprehensive support at every step. Don’t hesitate to contact our office in Augusta or Athens, GA, for assistance in seeking justice and securing the compensation you deserve for the harm you’ve endured.

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The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor

Robert MacGregor is an experienced trial attorney licensed to practice law in Georgia and South Carolina. At the Burnside Law Firm, Robert devotes his practice to protecting the rights of individuals who have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness and represents those who have been injured in automobile collisions or tractor-trailer accidents; because of a slip and fall; and in other general negligence actions.

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Ashton Revollo

Ashton is a trial lawyer in Augusta, GA who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered serious injuries or damages due to the negligent or reckless conduct of others, including automobile wrecks, job-related accidents, unsafe premises, or defective
products. Before beginning his practice, Ashton obtained his J.D., at Emory University School of Law, where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an intern assisting the District Attorney for DeKalb
County. After his time at Emory, Ashton received experience as a trial attorney at a respected personal injury firm in Atlanta before moving to Augusta. Over the course of his career, Ashton has assisted deserving clients in recovering millions of dollars in injury cases throughout Georgia.

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    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320


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    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264