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Surgical Malpractice

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Though most would prefer to avoid undergoing such a risky and invasive procedure, surgery is often the difference between life and death for many patients. When patients have surgery, they’re placing an enormous amount of trust in their surgeon. Fortunately, many surgeons perform their duties with meticulous care and complete their surgeries successfully and competently. However, sometimes a surgeon will make a mistake that results in a patient’s injury or untimely death. Referred to as surgical errors, these kinds of mistakes are inexcusable and are almost always the result of a medical practitioner’s negligence.

If you or a loved one have been injured due to a medical practitioner’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact one of the experienced medical malpractice attorneys with our Nevada law firm today to schedule a free case consultation!

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What Is Surgical Malpractice?

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), approximately 4000 surgical errors occur in the United States every year. Preventable surgical errors are known as “never events.” Undergoing a surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk, and patients are typically informed of any possible dangers beforehand. However, never events are errors that exist outside of the normal realm of dangers for surgery, different from what’s referred to as “surgical complications.” It’s when these never events take place that patients can file a lawsuit for surgical malpractice.

Common Types Of Surgical Error

Surgical errors occur for many reasons, including surgeon fatigue, lack of adequate training, poor planning, surgeon impairment, communication gaps – the list goes on and on. A few of the most common types of surgical error include the following.

  • Puncturing or perforating an internal organ
  • Leaving surgical equipment or other foreign objects inside a patient’s body
  • Performing surgery on the wrong body part
  • Performing surgery on the wrong patient
  • Using improperly sterilized equipment (post-op infection/complications)
  • Anesthesia errors

Compensation For Surgical Negligence

There is a wide range of economic and non-economic damages victims of surgical negligence may pursue as compensation. Some of the most common compensable damages include the following.

  • Medical Expenses
  • Loss Of Present & Future Wages
  • Burial/Funeral Costs
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Punitive Damages
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How A Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help

There is a strict time limit on filing medical malpractice claims in the civil court system in Nevada. Claimants must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within three years of the date the injury was inflicted or one year of the date the injury was discovered. However, if an injury involves a child’s congenital disability or brain damage, the time limit is extended until the child’s tenth birthday. Our experienced litigation attorneys can help you file your medical malpractice claim in a timely fashion and pursue maximum compensation for your damages. Contact Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP, today to schedule a free consultation!

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