Surgical Errors & Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in St. Louis
A surgical error is any preventable mistake that occurs during a surgical operation. Surgeries involve risk, but preventable errors are caused by medical negligence. If you believe that you or someone you love suffered a serious injury or illness because of a surgical error, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or medical malpractice claim.
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What causes surgical mistakes?
Any number of factors can lead to a surgical error. Whether you realize it or not, some mistakes are caused by incompetence. Doctors are trained to perform surgeries and other medical operations; if a task is outside of the doctor's understanding, he/she could make a serious mistake. It might sound unusual, but incompetence contributes to many medical mistakes.
Fatigue is another contributing factor. Medical professionals are required to work long shifts, but surgery requires a high level of concentration and finesse. Without proper rest, surgeons are more likely to make serious mistakes in judgment and communication. This is one of the most common reasons for surgical error in the United States.
Neglect is also responsible for many surgical errors. In short, the surgeon is negligent if he/she simply doesn't care about the patient. In legal jargon, the word "neglect" refers to any action that shows a blatant disregard for the safety of other people or human life. For example, a doctor who fails to sterilize his/her surgical tools is negligent.
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