When we undergo surgery, we expect that the people treating us received proper training, are using safe equipment, and care about our well-being. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as surgical errors can lead patients to develop severe injuries and worsening illnesses.
While surgical errors are rare, negligent surgeons do operate throughout Illinois and the Chicago area. If you suffer injuries during a surgical procedure, the Chicago surgical error attorneys at Duncan Law Group are here to aid in your recovery. We are experts when it comes to all medical malpractice claims in Chicago.
All surgeons must uphold a certain standard of care while treating patients. Unfortunately, there are many types of errors that these individuals may commit while treating a patient. Many of these errors are preventable and occur due to the negligence of the surgeon.
Surgeons have a duty to inform you of any steps you must take prior to surgery, such as abstinence from food or medication. Failure to inform you of these instructions can lead to surgical complications.
Surgeries can lead to severe harm without proper aftercare instructions and patient monitoring. If a surgeon fails to adequately treat or observe you after surgery, you may develop infections, internal bleeding, and other complications.
A surgeon may perform surgery on the wrong body part, leading to further injury or even an unnecessary loss of a limb. An adequately trained and reasonable professional should not make this mistake.
A surgeon may puncture or perforate an organ during the course of surgery, leading to internal bleeding, organ damage, and long-term consequences.
Since surgeons owe patients a duty of care, surgical error medical malpractice claims rely on the presence of negligence. Simply put, you will need to show that a similarly trained and reasonable surgeon in the same position would not have committed the surgical error.
Proving your need for damages will require establishing the following four elements as fact:
All surgeons who treat patients in a professional setting, such as a hospital, owe their patients a duty of care. Your Chicago surgical errors lawyer from Duncan Law Group will work with you to determine the exact cause of the breach of care, consulting with expert witnesses who can evaluate your medical records. Your lawyer will also help you prove and calculate your need for compensatory damages.
When you undergo surgery, you deserve the highest standard of care — and if a negligent surgeon caused you to sustain an injury during this procedure, you may be eligible for financial compensation. In these situations, Duncan Law Group can help.
Our surgical error attorneys have over 15 years of experience helping Chicago medical malpractice victims seek justice following these acts of negligence, and we will use our knowledge, strategies, and resources to maximize your recovery. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and determine your next steps.