Surgical Errors in Valparaiso, Indiana

Langer & Langer: Your Medical Malpractice Attorneys

At Langer & Langer, we know how frightening it can be to face the reality of needing a surgical procedure. Even with all of the modern age’s technological advancements, surgery carries with it an undeniable nature of risk.

The tragedy is when the doctors or nurses entrusted with that patient’s fragile life take a misstep out of negligence and it leads the patient to harm and even sometimes death. These surgical errors qualify as medical malpractice and those responsible should be held accountable.

If you or a loved one suffered during surgery due to medical negligence, contact the Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Langer & Langer to find out what your options are for pursuing legal action. We can be reached at (219) 464-3246.

What Qualifies as Surgical Malpractice?

As mentioned before, surgery carries with it an inherent degree of risk because of the nature of the procedure. Therefore, not all surgical accidents are the result of outright malpractice.

The key is to determine whether the medical team involved in the task was, or wasn’t, performing their duties to the reasonable standard of care. If it is determined one or more of them acted out of ignorance or carelessness, they may be held liable to injury on the patient.

Examples of errors that may occur in surgery due to negligence include:

  • Operating on the wrong site
  • Operating on the wrong patient
  • Leaving equipment inside the patient
  • Improper incisions
  • Nerve damage
  • Anesthesiology errors
  • Not recognizing a complication
  • Using improper instrumentation
  • Performing the wrong surgery
  • Performing unnecessary surgery
  • Failing to properly monitor the patient

Errors that lead to detrimental injuries to the surgical patient can happen in the operating room, or even before the procedure begins.

Doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and administrators, may be found liable if one of the following is determined to have taken place:

  • Improper pre-operative planning
  • Miscommunication/lack of communication
  • Fatigue or performing under the influence
  • Neglect
  • Incompetence

When neglect enters the operation room, it is the patient that usually suffers. Consequences of surgical errors are usually catastrophic as the patient’s life hangs in the balance. Therefore, valid malpractice claims can result in significant compensation to the patient and their family for the undue injury, and rightfully so.

Have You Suffered Because of a Surgical Error?

Injuries due to malpractice can be life altering. At Langer & Langer, our Indiana medical malpractice attorneys know that money does not take away the emotional trauma and stress placed in your life, especially if you lost a loved one to malpractice.

We do, however, believe that compensation can help you cope with the financial burdens of this tragedy so that you can focus on healing and rebuilding with your family.

Let us tell you more about your options. Contact Langer & Langer today to schedule a consultation.