When a medical professional fails to provide treatment in accordance with accepted medical standards and it results in injury, harm or death to the patient, medical malpractice has occurred. The injured patient may then pursue monetary damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit. If the patient loses their life, their rightful heirs may seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Surgical Errors - Breaching the Standard of Care:
In order to establish that the healthcare provider committed medical malpractice during the surgical procedure, the injured party must prove that the standard of care was breached. "Standard of care" refers to the manner in which the medical community in Denver would treat the same illness or disease.
Misdiagnosis and Surgery-Related Errors:
Surgery-related medical malpractice errors can result from misdiagnosing the medical condition. Misdiagnosis may occur when incorrect medical records are received as a result of human or computer error. This can lead to costly and unnecessary surgeries, surgical complications, and even death.
Other Types of Surgical Errors
Surgical errors can also result from improperly prescribing or incorrectly dispensing medications both before surgery and during surgery. This can include anesthesia dosage errors. Other surgical errors result from performing surgery on the wrong side of the body, by leaving medical instruments in the body, failure to properly close a wound, or by amputating the wrong body part.
When errors occur in surgery, the results can be devastating. Medical malpractice victims may suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives after a surgical error. To make matters worse, hospitals, medical personnel, and insurance companies may try to shift the blame, cover up errors, or fabricate details to protect themselves from further liability.
When this occurs, you need an experienced and skilled Denver medical malpractice attorney to fight aggressively for your rights. Your lawyer will need to use vast resources to establish professional negligence and medical malpractice and hold the negligent surgeon responsible for his or her actions.
If you or a loved one was seriously injured due to the negligence of a member of your surgical team, contact a dedicated, experienced Denver medical malpractice attorney immediately to discuss your legal options. The attorneys at Denver Trial Lawyerspossess both the medical knowledge and resources needed to understand your case, and the legal expertise and track record of success that you need to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and loss of quality of life.