Surgical Error Lawsuits

Nevada Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Surgical errors are a form of medical negligence that is more common than many Nevada residents believe. Surgical mistakes may involve a doctor accidentally cutting an artery, mistakenly cauterizing an internal organ, operating on the wrong body part, or leaving an instrument such as a surgical sponge inside the patient.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIf the surgeon’s scalpel slips or makes an unintentional cut, this could allow foreign fluids (like urine, bile, or feces) to enter the abdominal cavity. This may lead to septic shock, infection and possibly death.

If you live in Nevada and you or someone you love has suffered from a surgical mistake, talk to Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. One of our lawyers with medical malpractice experience will attempt to match you with a Nevada medical malpractice lawyer who is suited to handle your particular case, at no additional cost.

Types of Surgical Mistakes

While extreme cases of surgical errors like operating on the wrong limb do not happen often, it has happened more than once. More common surgical errors include inaccurate or incomplete documentation on the patient during scheduling, or distractions in the operating room that can cause mishaps during a procedure. Because no surgical outcome is guaranteed, if your surgeon mistakenly cut an artery or nicked an organ, this alone may not be considered medical malpractice. If the surgeon attempted to cover up the mistake, or did nothing to repair the damage and you suffered, this is grounds for a surgical error lawsuit.

A mix-up in medical records or performing surgery without the patient’s consent can lead to an unnecessary operation. Unnecessary surgery carries many risks, such as the risk of anesthesia, scarring, improper healing and infection. If you were operated on unnecessarily, you may be able to sue for malpractice.

When a Hospital May Be Liable for Surgical Mistakes

Oftentimes, United States hospitals treat surgeons as independent contractors who are given the use of operating rooms. This is done in an effort to mitigate potential liability. However, there are occasions where a Nevada hospital may be held liable for mistakes caused by surgeons, such as the following cases:

  • The surgeon is employed by the hospital
  • The equipment or diagnostic tools (provided by the hospital) were defective or poorly maintained
  • The surgeon, in addition to other hospital staff (such as pre-operative nurses) all contributed to the mistake
  • The hospital knowingly allowed an unsuitable surgeon to use the operating room

If you are a Nevada patient who has suffered because of a surgical mistake, please begin by filling out the online form so the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC can review your case and try to find you a Nevada medical malpractice lawyer if it appears credible.