Surgical mistakes, specifically mistakes that occur during the course of
surgery, are one of the most common types of errors made during the course
of medical care. This is a broad category, and many types of errors occur
Experienced Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorneys have handled numerous surgical medical malpractice cases, including those
in which the patient suffered from a punctured organ caused by the negligence
of a surgeon.
Of course, we are referring to organs that were unintentionally punctured
or lacerated. These types of errors typically happen during surgeries
that are performed somewhere within the torso of a patient. These cases
aren’t simply mistakes; rather they happen because the
medical professional deviated from the standard of care that which was required to competently complete the surgery.
For example, a patient’s bowel or colon can be negligently perforated
during the course of a hysterectomy. Laparoscopic surgery and gastric
bypass surgeries have led to
negligently perforated organs. The same problem occurs during colonoscopies. And of course, arteries
and nerves are commonly severed by a negligent doctor.
You surely realize that any number of surgeries in and around a patient’s
midsection can lead to inadvertent cuts to the stomach, bowels, and intestines.
When this happens, fluids and body waste leach into other areas of the
body. If the problem is not promptly remediated, sepsis and even death
Obviously, internal bleeding can occur as well, and infections may develop.
Surgeons should look for the presence of accidentally lacerated organs
before closing the surgical site, but often times this step is overlooked.
If overlooked, there are several distinct signs of organ puncture errors.
The patient may experience nausea and or vomiting. A fever could develop.
The abdomen could be painful and or swollen. Bowel dysfunction is another
sign of an accidental organ perforation.
Post surgical care should include looking for and recognizing these signs
of trouble. Here too is wheremedical malpractice can occur. Therefore, negligence happens both during surgery and throughout
Experienced Poughkeepsie medical malpractice attorneys know where to look for evidence that points to the negligent event. First
and foremost, the patient’s medical records should have everything
documented. Attorneys will review the surgical records and the post surgical
records to determine exactly where, how, and when the medical professional
Moreover, experienced attorneys will utilize the services of medical experts
to help analyze medical records. These experts have a keen eye towards
finding errors and they can testify as to the standard of care that which
the injured patient should have received.
Learn more about the different kinds of surgical errors caused from medical
malpractice in the latest article
published on our website available here. Also learn about the common causes and common types of surgical errors in
our blog post available by clicking here. More specifically, read about the dangers of back surgery due to surgical
our blog post available here. Read about the dangerous of gastric bypass procedures and how medical
malpractice can increase the risks of
serious personal injury in our blog post available here.
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