Surgical Errors in Philadelphia and Throughout Pennsylvania
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National
Practitioner Data Base, Pennsylvania ranked second among all 50 states
both in total medical malpractice payments and payouts per capita in 2011.
95 percent of the $320 million in medical malpractice payments were made
because of settlements. In the same year, there were 110 jury verdicts
in medical malpractice cases with more than 15% of them ranging between
$1 million and $5 million awards and 5% reaching over $10 million. These
alarming statistics show that in spite of the high quality of medical
and surgical care most hospitals and doctors provide, mistake occur and
patients get injured.
Medical malpractice does occur with alarming frequency leaving thousands
of patients in worse condition than that in which they would have been
in had medical mistake not taken place. Shockingly, many medical malpractice
cases involve wrong-site surgery - terrible errors involving the wrong
limb or the wrong surgery. Every week, 40 people are victims of wrong-site
surgery in the United States.
If you have been subject to a surgical error, it is important to learn
about your rights. One of your rights is to recover fair compensation
for medical and other expenses associated with the surgical error. The
Lassen Law Firm, Philadelphia surgical errors attorneys, has been fighting
for the right of many Pennsylvanians to receive financial recovery for
their surgical error injuries. We are a reputable Philadelphia law firm
that has been helping Pennsylvania patients get high settlements and jury
verdicts for over a decade. If you need an experienced surgical errors
law firm fighting on your behalf, call the Lassen Law Firm now for your
free confidential consultation.
Philadelphia Surgical Errors Lawyer
With the rise of surgical procedures in Pennsylvania, we see a corresponding
rise of surgical errors. During surgery, doctors and nurses need to make
snap decisions. When the wrong decision is made by a member of the surgical
team, the results can be devastating. The wrong surgical procedure could
take place. Medical supplies may be left inside the patient. Failure to
react in the correct way can lead to unanticipated negative results. The
Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers, handles numerous
surgical mistake cases.
When patients decide to have surgery, they are usually warned about the
complications they may face due to the condition of their health. However,
patients are rarely warned about the serious surgical errors that medical
professionals can make during surgery. Surgical errors and complications
are common, but are rarely addressed or even talked about. Common surgical
- Misuse of equipment
- Inadequate medical training
- Lack of familiarity with surgical procedure
- Use of defective medical devices
- Failure to thoroughly monitor the patient throughout surgery.
- Failure to respond appropriately to problems in surgery.
- Leaving surgical instruments and sponges in patient.
When a medical professional does not exercise sufficient care during surgery,
and the patient sustains an injury due to the physician's negligence,
the medical professional can be held liable. After a patient has sustained
a surgical injury or infection, he/she is legally entitled to seek compensation
from his/her doctor. The injured patient may seek monetary damages for:
medical expenses, lost wages, lost future income, injuries, physical and
mental impairment, and pain and suffering. The Lassen Law Firm, Pennsylvania
medical malpractice attorneys, will fight to get you the maximum compensation
available under the law.
The Lassen Law Firm is comprised of leading Philadelphia medical malpractice
lawyers who have extensive legal training and experience in medical malpractice
law. We have handled numerous surgical errors cases. If you have questions
about a Pennsylvania medical malpractice case, call The Lassen Law Firm
today for your free consultation.