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Surgical Error Attorneys Who Will Fight For You Following Hospital Negligence

Negligence can occur anywhere, even in hospitals and other medical facilities. The frustration of dealing with a medical malpractice injury may seem unbearable. But with our help as experienced lawyers, you can leave the incident in the past. If you or someone you love suffers a malpractice injury in Pennsylvania, contact us today and begin your road to recovery.

You have the right to take legal action and obtain just compensation. The experienced lawyers at John A. Caputo & Associates, P.C., can be your voice and help you fight for your rights as a victim.

Our Attorneys Can Help You With Sub-Standard Care:

Below-standard care can cause serious injury or even death. Unfortunately, surgical errors are more common than you might think. It is estimated that each year thousands of people are injured due to surgical accidents.

The following are some examples of typical surgical mistakes for which you should contact a surgical error lawyer.

  • Failure to diagnose: This means that the physician did not consider the possibility of the disease or problem when they should have and assured the chance to diagnose in time to prevent them.
  • Delay in diagnosis: A doctor may be too busy, or may not recognize the disease present or does not care enough to proceed quickly to treatment or surgery.
  • Surgical misidentification: This means a surgeon did not properly identify the anatomy and cut tissues that should not have been touched but should have been protected.
  • Surgical complications are unrecognized: Sometimes, a surgeon does not consider that his surgery was less successful than they had hoped, and fails to appreciate that a patient who has a complication needs immediate attention.
  • Nursing negligence: This can include a failure to monitor and assess a patient’s symptoms that, then go unreported or it can include an egregious error in providing fluids or medication.

How Do I Know If I Was A Victim Of A Surgical Error?

Surgical errors are any mistakes that occur during a surgical procedure and the postoperative period. These errors can have immediate and lasting consequences for the patient, including severe pain, bleeding, infection or the need for additional surgeries to correct the mistake. Complications such as infections, blood clots or delayed healing are common. In some cases, surgical errors lead to a diminished quality of life from the date of surgery onward. In others, they cause death.

One challenge with surgical errors is that victims may not immediately realize that negligence has occurred. This is because symptoms may be subtle or attributed to normal recovery processes. However, some of the common indicators that a patient may be suffering from the effects of a surgical error include:

  • Unexpected pain or discomfort
  • Respiratory problems
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Organ damage or failure
  • Nerve damage
  • Unusual symptoms
  • Unexplained shadows on X-rays
  • Wounds that do not heal
  • Changes in mobility and function
  • Unusual test results

Sometimes, a surgeon will openly admit that something went wrong with the surgery, even if they do not accept responsibility for the outcome. In other cases, patients may be unaware that mistakes were made until they seek additional medical evaluations.

Time Isn’t On Your Side

The statute of limitation in Pennsylvania for medical malpractice claims is two years from the date the surgical error occurred or was discovered – or should have reasonably been discovered. Because of this time limit, it is critical to seek a surgical error attorney’s guidance as soon as you begin to suspect that you may have a case.

An experienced surgical error attorney can listen to your story and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case. They can also help you take the appropriate legal action within the necessary time frame so that you don’t lose your right to seek compensation. Surgery errors are unfortunately not a rare occurrence, and the pain and damages that come with them can last years afterward.

Robotic Surgery: What To Know

Advancements in robotic technology have made robotic surgery a thing of the present. In robotic surgery – also called robotic-assisted surgery – a physician uses a robot to perform minute procedures with increased precision. At its best, robotic surgery gives a doctor more control when performing a complex procedure. Just like traditional surgery, though robot surgery is not without risks – and it still has the potential for medical malpractice.

The presence of robots does not mean that surgery will always go as planned or that a doctor or another health care professional might not act negligently. There is also a risk that the robotic system could malfunction or that its manufacturing is deficient. As a result, a minor surgery could have life-altering patient outcomes that could even include death.

What Are The Risks And Injuries In Robotic Surgery?

The immensely complex systems and technology involved in robots still have the potential to wreak harm on a patient. Some of the most common issues that may arise in a robotic surgical procedure that results in injury to a patient include:

  • Robot and robotic instrument malfunctions
  • Broken robotic pieces falling into the patient
  • Instruments electrically arcing
  • Robotic system errors
  • Unintentional operation of instruments
  • Video imaging issues

Even if the robotic system or equipment does not encounter any problems during the procedure, there remains a risk of surgical errors, such as operating on the wrong body part, performing the wrong procedure, etc.

If you suspect that your robotic surgery involved defective parts or technology, you will need knowledgeable legal help. We can locate scientific specialists who understand the fine details of robotic surgery and can examine your case. Our medical malpractice attorneys regularly work with experts such as these who can testify as witnesses in your medical negligence claim.

Securing Your Future After Serious Injury

We are grateful for the opportunity to represent clients from all walks of life. Our Pittsburgh firm focuses on the goals of minimizing clients’ losses, obtaining significant recovery for injuries, and providing security and comfort to the families in death actions. Contact us online or call 412-620-6361 for a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation. When we accept your case, you owe nothing out of pocket until we recover compensation for you.