Surgery is a vulnerable time because you’re typically under general anesthesia and entirely reliant on a medical team to perform the operation safely and correctly. Unfortunately, errors and injuries do occur in surgery. Common surgical errors in Chicago and U.S. hospitals include:

  • Incorrect administration of anesthesia
  • Wrong site surgery
  • Nerve injury during surgery
  • Post-surgery infection
  • Surgery on the wrong patient
  • Surgical equipment left in the patient
  • Incorrectly stitched incisions
  • Damage to internal organs, bones or tendons during the operation

If you suffer anesthesia error during surgery or any other injury, contact a surgical injury lawyer in Chicago to learn about your options.
 

Common Causes of Surgical Injuries

Orthopedic surgical injury and other types of operation-related injury can occur for many reasons, including:

  • Poorly kept patient records and badly dictated operative notes
  • Lack of checking notes and patient records before surgery
  • Incorrect diagnosis and treatment of problems, which occur during surgery
  • Failure to follow proper head injury surgical indication or other surgical best practices
  • Drug and alcohol use by medical staff
  • Poor preoperative planning and prep
  • Insufficient training or experience
  • Poor communication in the operating room
  • Fatigued staff
  • Ineffective surgical and work processes in the operating room

Many surgical errors can be prevented. When you get an operation, you’re asked to sign a consent form, showing you have informed consent and understand the risks of surgery. Surgical errors in some cases go beyond informed consent and are in fact medical negligence. In these cases, you need a good medical malpractice attorney to help you seek compensation so that you can pay for follow-up care to treat mistakes.

In addition, sometimes there’s lack of informed consent in Chicago operating rooms. If the risks of the surgery were not explained to you, and you suffered a serious injury, you may also wish to contact a surgical injury attorney in Chicago to discuss your potential claim.
 

Do You Need an Attorney?

If you’ve suffered any negative medical outcome in a Chicago area clinic or hospital, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney. Whether you were having an appendix removed, receiving dental or cosmetic surgery or getting another procedure, you expected medical staff to take reasonable precautions to keep you safe.

In the event that you need to speak with a surgery error attorney or medical malpractice attorney, contact Argionis & Associates. Our Chicago law offices serve clients across Illinois and beyond. Unlike other firms, we do not push your case onto law clerks or broker it out. When you speak to us about your case, you talk to attorneys who have handled similar cases in the past.

Because we understand the costs and worries after a serious injury, we do not charge legal fees until and unless we recover a settlement or trial win for you. This rule allows you to pursue a case without worrying about legal costs. If you would like to speak with an experienced and caring team, reach out to Argionis & Associates online or at (312) 782-4545 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.