Surgical Errors Can Lead to Undue Pain and Additional Expenses
Protecting victims throughout Washington, D.C.
Every surgery poses some level of risk, even when performed by experienced medical professionals. When surgeon or the attending staff makes a mistake, however, the results can be devastating. At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we are your advocates when a medical professional’s negligence resulted in a surgical error. For more than 40 years, our family law firm has protected the rights of victims and the futures of their families throughout Washington, D.C.. We have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for medical malpractice victims, and we may be able to help you, too.
Common surgical errors
The experienced team of trial attorneys at Paulson & Nace offers comprehensive guidance and support to the victims of surgical errors. Some of the cases most often referred to us include:
- Wrongful amputation. We take on complex amputation cases, including those where a surgeon has removed the wrong limb, as well as cases involving patients who may have been able to avoid amputation had their conditions been diagnosed and treated more quickly.
- Foreign objects left in bodies. Surgeons leave sponges, small tools and other surgical debris in patients’ bodies more often than you might think. Leaving foreign objects inside a patient can lead to infections or organ perforation, and necessitate additional surgery to correct.
- Anesthesia errors. If the wrong dosage of anesthesia is administered, it can have life-altering – and potentially fatal – results.
- Incision mistakes. One wrong incision can lead to internal bleeding. If the bleeding is not stopped almost immediately, a patient could die. Paulson & Nace handles all cases involving incision mistakes, including those that lead to a perforated bowel or a damaged organ. We also take cases involving permanent nerve damage and paralysis that occurs as the result of an incision error.
- Oxygen deprivation. Brain cells begin to die between four and six minutes of being deprived of oxygen. Anesthesia errors, neurosurgery errors, internal bleeding and improper monitoring techniques could all lead to oxygen deprivation and permanent brain damage.
- Operating on the wrong patient or part. Everyone involved in a surgical procedure should be expected to double-check which patient goes into the operating room. If a surgeon operates without looking at a patient’s chart, he or she could end up performing a procedure on the wrong patient. The surgeon could also perform the wrong type of surgery, leaving the damaged or infected body part or organ in place while operating on a perfectly healthy one instead.
Our skilled team of lawyers also provides legal assistance and guidance to victims who have developed an infection after a surgery, either as a result of improperly sterilized tools or a hospital staff’s failure to monitor the patient closely.
Surgical errors cost you more than money
When a surgeon or the attending staff makes an error during the procedure, there is always a chance that you may need to undergo a revision surgery to correct it. This means you will spend more time under anesthesia, more time with your body exposed to potential pathogens or infections, and more time recuperating. Not all insurance companies will pay for revision surgeries, either, which can increase your medical bills exponentially. At Paulson & Nace, we know what you and your family face when an act of medical negligence led to a surgical error. We know that you are frightened about your health and your future. We are aggressive advocates for our clients’ rights as patients and as victims, and we do not back down in the face of insurance companies or hospital administrators who do not want to give you the compensation you need to get well. We have been fighting successfully on behalf of medical malpractice victims in Washington, D.C. for decades, and we know what it takes to build a winning case against a negligent institution or healthcare provider. With Paulson & Nace by your side, you never have to go through this alone.
Putting the rights of victims first after a surgical error
Recovering from a surgical error is stressful; choosing an attorney who truly cares about you and the outcome of your case does not need to be. Paulson & Nace, PLLC, is proud to protect the rights of malpractice victims throughout Washington, D.C.. Please call 202-463-1999 or fill out our contact form to learn more about how our family may be able to help yours.