At Merritt Webb, we know the medical malpractice lawyers you trust are the ones who know the law, of course, but also understand the environments that contain risk.
Examples of Procedures That Required Medical Malpractice Lawyers
- Three botched brain surgeries in the same hospital
A third-year resident did not mark which side of the patient’s brain required surgery and the doctor and nurse said they had not been trained on following the check list, so the wrong side received surgery.
An experienced doctor did not write down which side of an elderly man’s brain had a clot to be removed because he said he remembered it, and they operated on the wrong side resulting in the patient’s death.
The neurosurgeon and a nurse both indicated which side of the patient’s brain needed surgery before the procedure started, but the team operated on the wrong side anyway.
- Surgical fires (reported up to 650 times a year)
A 65-year-old patient died after catching fire during surgery and the cause of the fire was never revealed.
Another patient suffered second-degree burns when an electronic scalpel caused his oxygen supply to explode, an incident that the hospital tried to cover up.
A patient experienced second- and third-degree burns when a cauterizing tool caused the disinfectant solution on her face to catch fire; she battled infections and organ failure for two years before her death.
- Foreign objects left inside patients (approximately 1,500 cases each year)
One patient had a ten-inch retractor left in his chest, which was visibly poking out, but the medical center said the problem was psychosomatic until a CT scan proved otherwise and it was removed.
Another retractor, 13 inches long, was left inside a 49-year-old man after having a tumor removed, the fifth such incident in three years at that hospital.
A woman who delivered a healthy baby by caesarean section suffered for six weeks as her belly grew swollen and her bowels shut down before an X-ray showed a surgical sponge left in her abdomen amid massive infection.
And, surgical errors aren’t the only reasons to consider medical malpractice lawyers. Other common incidents are:
- Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis – when healthcare professionals fail to accurately identify, or take too long to identify, a medical condition
- Childbirth Injuries – including brain injuries causing cerebral palsy or seizures, fractured bones or nerve damage
- Negligent Prenatal Care – not diagnosing a mother’s condition that threatens the baby or not identifying birth defects or ectopic pregnancies
- Negligence During Childbirth – failure to anticipate complications or not responding to fetal distress
- Medication Errors – prescribing the wrong medicine, indicating the wrong dosage, or issuing malfunctioning equipment
- Anesthesia Errors – not being familiar with a patient’s history or failing to reveal risks to the patient, administering too much or too little anesthesia
If you suspect any of these or similar incidents, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Merritt Webb for a free consultation.