Connecticut Surgical Error Attorney
Filing a Surgeon Malpractice Claim
Surgeons are extensively trained medical professionals who are held to
a high standard of care—for good reason. A surgical error can have
disastrous consequences for the patient, including severe complications,
life-threatening infection, and death. Unfortunately, surgery errors can
and do happen and when they do, victims and/or their loved ones have the
right to hold negligent surgeons,
hospitals, and other parties accountable.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we have been successfully representing victims of
medical malpractice, including cases involving surgery errors, since 1955. Our attorneys,
several of whom are Board Certified as Civil Trial Law Advocates by the
National Board of Trial Advocacy, use their expansive resources, impressive
skill, and legal expertise to advocate tirelessly for victims of negligent
and wrongful conduct. We know what you are up against, and we are ready
to help you fight for your right to a fair recovery.
If you would like to speak to one of our Connecticut surgical error attorneys
about your potential claim, please call us at
(860) 245-2412 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
What Constitutes a Surgical Error?
A surgical error occurs when a surgeon or another medical professional/facility
fails to uphold the standard of care owed to the patient. This can take
many forms, but it essentially means that the liable party was somehow
negligent, and this led to the patient experiencing injuries/harm and damages.
Some examples of common surgical errors include:
- Retained instruments/objects left behind in the patient
- Wrong-site surgery
- Surgery on the wrong patient
- Unnecessary surgery
- Damage to nearby organs
- Nerve damage
- Operational mistakes
- Failure to monitor the patient
- Anesthesia errors
- Poor post-operative care
- Infections occurring following surgery
- Failure to notify the surgeon of changes in the patient’s vital signs/stability
Some errors, such as objects or tools being left behind in the patient’s
body after surgery or operating on the wrong patient, are referred to
as “never mistakes,” meaning they should
never happen and are
never excusable. In any case, nearly all surgical mistakes are preventable and
only occur as a result of negligence.
Doctors tend to use the word “retained” to describe objects
inadvertently left behind inside the bodies of patients, often in their
abdominal cavities, after surgery. These foreign objects can cause great
harm to patients, including infection or sepsis.
A key issue in these cases is the legal responsibility of the surgeon,
who is often a private physician, as opposed to the nursing staff, who
are often employed by a hospital. The surgeon is generally in charge of
the surgical procedure but often delegates the requirement to count sponges
and to make sure that all are properly accounted for before the surgery
is concluded to assistive staff. This can complicate cases involving retained
instruments/objects left behind in the body, as it can be difficult to
determine if the surgeon is legally liable, or if responsibility rests
with the attending staff or hospital that employs them.
With over 65 years of legal experience, we at RisCassi & Davis, P.C.
know how to effectively investigate these types of cases. Our Connecticut
surgical error attorneys often work with medical experts and specialists
in determining how the incident occurred, whether the standard of care
was breached, and who was at fault. This allows us to identify the liable
party and build strong cases on behalf of our clients.
Fighting for Your Maximum Recovery
Surgical errors often lead to serious health consequences. Patients will
typically require additional medical treatment, including corrective surgeries,
hospitalization, and ongoing care. They may experience significant pain
and emotional trauma as a result of the incident and are likely to spend
a considerable amount of time out of work while they obtain medical attention
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., we are aggressive in our pursuit of the
full compensation our clients are owed, including financial recovery for:
- Medical expenses related to correcting/treating the surgical error
- Hospital/emergency room fees
- Future projected medical care costs
- Lost income/wages, including future lost earnings
- Loss of earning ability/disability
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and inconvenience
In the event of wrongful death, we assist family members and loved ones
in seeking justice and working to recover compensation for unexpected
financial losses, such as burial/funeral expenses, lost income, and loss
of inheritance. We also help families fight to hold medical professionals
accountable for the loss of love, support, guidance, and companionship
they have endured.
If you have been harmed by a surgical team, or if your loved one tragically
died due to a surgery error, please contact us today to find out how we
can help you with your case.
You may call our office at
(860) 245-2412 or contact us using the
form on our website.