Surgery Error Lawsuits

Were you injured by a surgical error? Call Power Rogers & Smith!

Surgical mistakes happen up to 80 times a week, and cost the U.S. healthcare industry approximately $1.3 billion in lawsuits every year (American Medical News). If you or someone you love was injured during surgery, we invite you to contact our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys today to learn if you might have a case.

Wrong Site/Side Surgery

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, wrong site surgical procedures, while rare, are one of the most serious types of surgical errors, occurring in about one out of every 112,000 surgeries. This type of error can involve performing the correct surgery on the wrong side of the body, performing the correct surgery on the correct side, but wrong site, performing the wrong procedure altogether, or performing a surgery on the wrong patient.

Leave-Behind Errors

Another serious type of surgical error is leaving a surgical instrument inside the body cavity after closing the patient up and concluding the surgery. These foreign objects can pose great risk to the health of the patient, and necessitate additional surgery. Objects can include:

  • Scalpels
  • Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Retractors

According to The Joint Commission, since 2005, approximately 800 surgical tools have been left inside of patients after surgery.

Accidental Perforation

Another serious surgical error is accidental perforation/incision. During surgery, doctors can accidentally nick a nearby organ. If undetected, this could result in dangerous internal bleeding, which necessitates emergency action like additional surgery.

What a Lawyer Can Do

If you or a loved one was seriously injured because of a surgical mistake, particularly if the injury required additional surgery or resulted in long-term damage, we encourage you to contact our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options. We have recovered more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, and we don’t charge our clients unless we win on their behalf!