Surgeons are trained to perform some of the most stressful and life-defining jobs around – operating on sick and injured patients. And while most surgeons handle their jobs with the seriousness it deserves, a few fail to perform their duties with the level of diligence expected of them.
Even when a surgical error does not lead to death, it can lead to life-altering injuries. If a surgical error is attributable to professional negligence, you may pursue the surgeon or the hospital for compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit as provided for by Iowa negligence laws.
Common errors surgeons make at work
To support your medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital or surgeon, it helps to start off by knowing some of the errors these professionals are likely to make while operating on the patient. Here are some of them:
- Inappropriate or unnecessary procedures
- Mistaken amputation
- Anesthesia errors (too much or too little anesthesia)
- Pre- or post-operation errors
- Leaving surgical instruments within the patient’s body
So how do these surgical errors happen?
While surgical errors are caused by a variety of reasons, human error is the leading contributor to these mistakes. Here are some of the human errors that might lead to a surgical error:
Incompetence – inadequately trained or inexperienced surgeons are more likely to make mistakes while operating on patients.
Drugs or alcohol use – It is not uncommon for stressed or fatigued surgeons to turn to alcohol and other drugs to help them remain focused on their work. However, this is a dangerous practice that can lead to catastrophic injuries.
Poor planning – failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Poor planning means that the surgeon may not have the right equipment necessary to perform a successful surgery.
Medical mistakes happen. However, if those mistakes lead to injuries or even death, you deserve justice. Find out how you can pursue damages if you or someone you love is a victim of medical negligence.