Can You Be Compensated for a Surgical Error?

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Doctors and hospitals rarely admit to surgical errors, but they happen every day. If you believe that something went wrong with your surgery or the surgery of a family member, attorney Timm Reid at the Reid Law Firm can help you get the answers that you’re looking for. He is a Des Moines IA medical malpractice lawyer who represents victims of medical negligence across the State of Iowa.

Types of Surgical Errors
There are a variety of surgical errors that might be a basis for a medical malpractice claim. Here are a few of them:

  • Operating on the wrong site on a patient’s body.
  • Operating on the wrong patient.
  • Damaging organs or nerves during surgery.
  • Leaving surgical instruments inside of a patient after surgery.
  • Anesthesia errors during surgery.

The Standard of Care
The claimant must first establish the appropriate standard of care for a procedure. Once that is established, the claimant must show that the doctor or hospital deviated from that standard of care. If a deviation is shown, the claimant must show that he or she was damaged. Here are a few of them:

  • Medical bills resulting from the error.
  • Lost earnings as a result of the error.
  • Any permanent disfigurement or disability.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of a normal life.
  • Other damages in the event of a wrongful death.

Surgical errors might result from incompetence, fatigue, poor communication, poor planning or simple oversight. Whatever the cause, these damages are compensable. Des Moines IA medical malpractice lawyer Timm Reid at the Reid Law Firm offers free consultations and evaluations on possible medical malpractice claims. You can tell him what happened, and he can answer your questions. Should his investigation of your surgery reveal a surgical error, he will advise you on all of your legal options. Iowa has time limitations on these types of cases. If you believe that something went wrong with your surgery or the surgery of a family member, contact attorney Timm Reid at your earliest convenience to arrange for that free consultation.