Top-Tier Legal Representation To Help You Recover Fully From Surgical Error Injuries In Ohio
Claims of malpractice by surgeons and other surgical mistakes can be difficult to prove, as the surgery itself is not witnessed by people other than the surgical team (who are unwilling to admit to their mistakes) and mistakes are rarely documented in a patient’s chart, but that is not to say that your case is unwinnable. Our firm has taken some of the most challenging cases in Ohio and turned them into record-high verdicts and settlements.
At Leeseberg Tuttle, we have successfully taken many medical malpractice cases to trial. Our dedication to medical malpractice litigation provides you with the resources, support, and advocacy you need to achieve a favorable result that can allow you to continue living a dignified and comfortable life, even following recovery from devastating injuries caused by a surgical error.
Our Columbus-based attorneys personally guide you through every step of the legal process and relieve you of all legal burdens. While it is our goal to obtain a favorable out-of-court settlement, your case will be prepared as if it is going to trial in the event the opposing party is unwilling to settle for the full and fair compensation that you deserve.
We cover all legal expenses for our clients on a contingency fee basis. There is no cost and no obligation unless we recover compensation on your behalf.
What Are Some Risks Of Having Surgery?
All surgical procedures come with certain benefits and drawbacks. The benefit is that your surgeon corrects or improves a condition that has been troubling you. The drawback, however, is that all surgeries come with a level of known risk. Because surgery is so commonplace nowadays, many patients underestimate the risks of surgery, which is due in part due to the surgeon’s failure to adequately explain the potential risks. Thus, it is important to educate yourself thoroughly on the potential hazards. Some of the most common risks include:
- Internal bleeding
- Negative reaction to anesthesia
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
Often, these complications are unavoidable events that could occur to any patient under similar conditions. In other cases, they occur because of the negligence of a surgeon or nurse in the operating room. Determining the difference takes a great deal of experience, research, and skill.
Is It An Unavoidable Complication Or Surgical Negligence?
A bad outcome does not necessarily indicate medical malpractice. So, how do you figure out whether a negative result during surgery is the result of an inevitable yet unexpected complication or a practitioner’s negligence? You must demonstrate that your surgeon, the staff assisting them, or the hospital deviated from the required standard of care, and that such deviation resulted in harm. Some of the more common surgical errors include the following:
- Foreign instruments left inside you
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Operation on the wrong location
- Wrong operation performed
- Wrong patient subjected to surgery
- Misinterpreted or ignored lab results
- Failure to monitor your vital signs during surgery
- Damage to nearby organ, tissue, muscle, etc.
Health care facilities and their insurance companies do everything in their power to avoid liability for medical negligence, including deceiving patients about the cause of a negative result. Proving malpractice requires aggressively reviewing medical records and doctors’ notes, interviewing witnesses, and performing other acts of discovery, such as issuing subpoenas and taking depositions. Through these methods, our attorneys have successfully held practitioners accountable for their negligent conduct and obtained significant compensation for patients injured during surgery.
Deviations From The Recognized Standard Of Care
Proving liability involves assistance from our full-time nurses on staff, our access to extensive legal and medical literature from across the globe, and expert witness consultation and testimony from our extensive network of medical experts in all imaginable fields. In central Ohio and throughout the state, we represent people who have suffered injuries due to:
- Organ perforation or puncture
- Wrong organ removal
- Wrong limb or unnecessary amputation
- Foreign object left behind in the body
- Anesthesia error
- Major blood vessel or artery perforation
- Failure to properly monitor patient during surgery
- Inadequately warning of the risks of surgery
- Wrongful death
We consult with some of the world’s foremost specialists in surgical malpractice cases, and we take a comprehensive approach to establish the full and fair value of each of our clients’ cases. Serious errors can result in brain damage, paralysis, and several other forms of life-altering injuries and conditions. Get the legal help you deserve.
What Should You Do If You Think You Suffered Surgical Malpractice?
Did you suffer a harm after surgery that you believe a health care professional’s negligence caused? You are probably wondering what you should do. It is common to feel overwhelmed and fearful for your health. If you believe you are the victim of a surgical error, try to follow these steps:
- Seek medical attention immediately. Tell your doctor your suspicions. Even if they do not take you seriously, insist on receiving care.
- Get copies of your medical records.
- Start a diary documenting your ailments and how they affect your life. Take pictures of any physical symptoms.
- Do not speak to any insurance company representatives or health care representatives on the phone.
Medical providers and insurance companies have one concern: their own profits. Sadly, hospitals often put their own reputations and profits ahead of their patients. You cannot rely on them to pay you fair compensation, rectify the problem, or penalize the surgeon who harmed you. Instead, you need to seek the counsel of a medical malpractice attorney.