Surgical Error Attorneys

Compassionate Legal Representation in Portland

By nature, surgeries contain risk and the danger of injuries. Nevertheless, they are often necessary procedures that can save lives when done correctly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 51.4 million inpatient surgeries and almost 37 million outpatient surgeries that occur in the United States every year. With so many surgeries taking place every day, it is imperative that surgeons stay diligent and focused on procedures. Unfortunately, despite medical advancements, mistakes still happen.

At Paulson Coletti, we believe you should not have to suffer because of someone else’s errors. Doctors and surgeons have a responsibility to provide quality care to their patients. If you or your loved one has suffered due to an error that occurred during surgery, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Portland medical malpractice attorneys can help review your situation and strategize the strongest plan of action.

Call today at (503) 433-3524 to discuss your case and start taking the first steps to recovery.

Common Types of Surgical Errors

Each surgery has known risks that patients and surgeons acknowledge. Patients usually sign an “informed consent” form, which clearly states the dangers of the procedure. Surgery errors go beyond this. They are mistakes that happen in the surgery room that could be avoided. Even though each operation is unique, some common errors still occur.

Some surgery errors include:

  • Nerve damage during a procedure
  • Performing on the wrong patient
  • Incision on the wrong operating site
  • Administering the wrong amount of medication
  • Leaving surgical equipment in the body (sponge, scalpel)
  • Operating on the wrong body part

All of these mistakes have the potential to cause lasting and debilitating harm. If you have experienced pain or injury because of carelessness or negligence, contact our Portland lawyers to begin the road to restitution.

Causes of Surgery Errors

Because no two surgeries are the same, it can be hard to pinpoint the exact reasons an error occurs. However, there is a string of commonalities between many of the cases. If a surgeon is not careful to check the equipment or does not pay careful attention, they are negligent in their service.

Other common causes include:

  • Incompetence
  • Not properly communicating
  • Failure to properly plan before the surgery
  • Surgeon and staff are tired
  • Improper process of procedure
  • Surgeon or staff is under the influence or intoxicated

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or damage caused by a surgical error, you need to take action. The responsible party must be held accountable for their mistakes. By taking legal action you may not only obtain the compensation you deserve, but you can help ensure mistakes like these do not happen again. Our Portland surgical error attorneys at Paulson Coletti are ready to fight on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free case review and take the steps necessary for relief.