Baltimore, Maryland Area Attorney
Every time that a patient undergoes surgery, there is the risk that an avoidable surgical error will occur. SURGICAL ERRORS can lead to devastating consequences. That is why surgeons and hospitals should have in place well-defined procedures when, if followed, will greatly decrease the likelihood of a surgical error.
Steps to prevent surgical errors should be taken both prior to, and during, surgery. Prior to surgery, the surgeon and the supporting surgical staff should take steps to ensure that the correct surgery is being performed on the right patient, at the correct surgical site. During surgery, steps should be taken to ensure that the surgery is properly performed.
Unfortunately for surgical patients, negligently caused surgical errors do occur. Some examples of surgical errors are:
- Unintended surgical objects left within the body
- Surgery performed on the wrong part of body
- Negligently caused injury to areas near the surgical site
- Failure to obtain the patient's informed consent
Surgical errors, as well as other forms of medical malpractice, can have devastating effects, and can result in lifelong disability, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and even wrongful death. At times, a patient is not informed that a surgical error has occurred, and does not relate the negative effects of the error to the error itself. It is therefore important for surgical patients and their families to be vigilant about unusual symptoms following surgery, and not be afraid to question the surgeon or seek a second opinion.
Baltimore Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of a surgical error, contact attorney Robert D. Ahlstrom and put his years of experience and successful track record to work for you. To learn how Mr. Ahlstrom can help you, contact our Law Firm for a free initial consultation. Call 410-730-1875 for representation in the Baltimore area and throughout Maryland.