Surgical Errors Lawyer

There are certain surgical errors that should never happen. Unfortunately, more than 4,000 "never events" occur in hospitals each year, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University.

If you or someone you love has been harmed by a surgical error, contact the civil trial lawyers at Ginsberg & O'Connor, P.C. From our office in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, we represent injured people throughout South and Central Jersey.

When Does A Bad Surgical Outcome Become Malpractice?

There are risks to any surgery, and no patient is guaranteed a positive outcome. However, you have a right to expect that your doctor will not make avoidable errors. Examples of avoidable errors that should never happen include:

  • Wrong-site surgery: Errors, such as wrong-site or wrong-side surgery, usually result from poor communication or misperception of left and right. By clearly marking the part of the body that should be operated on, hospitals can avoid these errors.
  • Wrong patient surgery: Lab test mix-ups and medical record errors can result in a healthy patient undergoing a dangerous — and unnecessary — medical procedure, as well as a sick patient going untreated.
  • Leaving objects in a patient's body: High-tech systems, such as placing bar codes on surgical instruments and supplies, or low-tech systems, such as counting items before and after surgery, can ensure that no foreign objects are left behind.

Read more about types of surgical mistakes.

An unfortunate outcome of our health insurance system is that hospitals often are paid even when they make mistakes that result in the need for costly procedures and extended patient stays. By holding medical providers financially accountable for errors, the civil justice system can provide a strong motivation for hospitals to reduce errors that can result in patient injuries or death.

Contact Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you have been the victim of a surgical error, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Ginsberg & O'Connor, P.C., for a confidential consultation. Call our Mt. Laurel law firm at 856-437-0969, toll free 800-598-3944, or complete our simple contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.