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Surgical Errors

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Patients undergo surgery to improve or fix a medical condition.  Surgery is a serious matter, no matter if it is a “minor” surgery like a routine mole removal or if it is a major surgery like a quadruple bypass.  All surgeries have risks. While there is no guarantee in any medical procedure, when healthcare professionals follow patient safety rules, surgical problems are significantly reduced.  While surgeons are not responsible for complications or bad outcomes, surgeons are responsible when they violate a patient safety rule, failing to act as a reasonable healthcare professional. Common surgical errors include:

  • Anesthesia error
  • Doing surgery on the wrong part of the body
  • Cutting a blood vessel or organ that shouldn’t have been cut
  • Turning off or ignoring a warning alarm of the machine monitoring patient vital signs (e.g., heartbeat, blood pressure, blood-oxygen level, breathing rate)
  • A surgery that is unnecessary
  • Using surgery tools poorly or incorrectly
  • Delaying a surgery for too long
  • A reckless decision made under pressure
  • Leaving a surgical instrument or item inside the body
  • Performing the wrong procedure
  • Doing the surgery incorrectly

Unfortunately, some physicians are not careful during surgical procedures. They get careless, complacent, or cut corners on patient safety, forgetting the real dangers or cramming more surgeries into a day to maximize profits. Reckless physician conduct injures patients.

Before a surgery, talk to your physician and anesthesiologist about your concerns. Insist the physician take precautions to prevent error. Demanding safety before surgery may just save your life.

At Buchanan & Buchanan, our combined legal-medical team has decades of experience handling medical malpractice cases, including cases involving surgical errors. We have medical professionals on staff to talk with you and immediately review your claim. Our team quickly and efficiently assess the medical facts and takes immediate action to protect your legal rights.


Buchanan & Buchanan, P.L.C.
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Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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