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What is Surgical Malpractice?

By September 15, 2017March 19th, 2021No Comments

While the majority of surgeries are uneventful, sometimes mistakes happen. Surgical malpractice is defined as a negligent act that is performed by a member of the surgical team. The surgical team is comprised of many people including the surgeon, surgical nurse, anesthesiologist, and other key medical professionals. Victims of surgical malpractice may choose to file a complaint with the state medical board or file a lawsuit.

In almost every state, victims of surgical malpractice can file a complaint with the medical board. Once the complaint is filed, an investigator will research the incident. If a surgeon is found guilty, he may lose his medical license or receive a warning or suspension. Even though patients are able to file their own complaints against a surgeon, they may want to hire an attorney to ensure a proper outcome.

Filing a complaint with the medical board or a medical malpractice lawsuit should not be completed without effective legal representation. A valid medical malpractice case must prove that the surgeon’s actions directly harmed the patient. Many mistakes occur in the operating room, but surgical errors can also happen during the pre-operative or post-operative stages. The most common surgical mistakes include removing wrong body parts, performing an unnecessary operation, leaving instrument’s in patients’ body, damaging internal areas in the body, and executing a surgery that results in infection or other complications. In order to confirm these mistakes, the lawyer may ask for certain documents from the hospital. Most medical malpractice attorneys will start working on the case immediately on a contingency basis.

Proudly serving San Francisco, California, The Mitchell Leeds, LLP is uniquely qualified to represent people in the Bay Area who have experienced medical negligence. By using proven legal strategies and an extensive array of resources, our great team has the necessary skills to win even the most complex of cases. When you hire The Mitchell Leeds, LLP, rest assured that our lawyers will work tirelessly to reach a favorable outcome. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our legal experts. Our main priority is to advocate for victim’s rights.