A Surgical Mistake unfortunately happens more than anyone would like to think. A surgical procedure is exactly the wrong situation for an avoidable mistake, and the error tends to have catastrophic consequences.

We understand that surgery is a difficult, sensitive act, and everyone acknowledges that a tragic outcome in a surgery is not necessarily medical malpractice. However, when surgeons violate established standards of care, innocent patients are hurt, and someone should be held accountable.

Common Surgical Mistakes

There is a lot that can go wrong during even the most common of surgical procedures, which is why responsible hospitals and surgical teams take extensive precautions. However, all the precautions in the world will occasionally fail when presented with a particularly negligent medical professional.

Common examples of surgical errors that our surgical mistake attorneys see include:

  • Wrong site surgeries
  • Wrong procedures performed on patients
  • Incorrect incisions
  • Not properly sterilized equipment
  • Damage to nearby organs
  • Prolonged surgery
  • Surgical tools being left in the patient’s body
  • Anesthesia errors, particularly related to allergies
  • Accidental damage to surrounding muscles, ligaments, tissue and nerves
  • Avoidable infection

Reasons for Surgical Mistake

The reasons for surgical errors can’t be pinpointed, as there are a number of reasons why they occur. The most common is a lack of communication between the doctor, the surgical team, and you, the patient.

In an effort to avoid surgical errors you should never be embarrassed or ashamed to verify what procedure you’re having done and where exactly on the body that procedure will be performed.

Surgical errors can also occur post-operation. If the incision was not properly closed, infection to the interior and exterior of the site could happen. Poor post-op care could also cause infection, septic shock, or delayed healing.

Consequences of Surgical Errors

The consequences of surgical mistakes are often devestating. Some of these severe, life-altering results are:

  • Brain damage
  • Loss of the use of a limb
  • Lingering infections
  • Death


Our Pennsylvania Surgical Mistake Lawyers Can Help

As the victim of surgery malpractice, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. This compensation can include medical expenses accrued as a result of the mistake, as well as a loss of earning capacity and the pain and suffering you endured. Our medical malpractice attorneys will evaluate your claim at a free initial consultation.

Our surgical malpractice attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm want to help you gain some peace of mind after this devastating event. We will stop at nothing to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Call toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Pittsburgh, Scranton and Harrisburg and will travel to you.