Surgical Malpractice Attorneys
Experienced Surgical Malpractice Attorneys in Gainesville, FL
Surgery is a serious matter regardless of whether it is a minor gall bladder removal or a major quadruple bypass. We’re lucky that Gainesville is home to a major university hospital and other facilities that perform cutting-edge surgical procedures every day.
When we have to undergo a surgical procedure, we expect the surgeon to have the experience necessary to complete the procedure safely.
Too often though, patients who undergo a surgery expecting it to improve their situation wind up needing additional surgeries and medical attention to correct mistakes. Not only does this cause unnecessary pain and suffering, it can be a big financial drain on the patient and their family.
If you’ve undergone surgery and feel any mistakes are causing you pain or additional medical issues, you may be able to pursue damages for surgical malpractice.
Like all physicians, surgeons must adhere to a general standard of care.
A standard of care is essentially a general, commonly agreed on rule of thumb for the particular procedure. For example, a surgeon performing knee surgery must follow a generally accepted standard of care.
If a surgeon’s actions fall below this standard of care, they may be guilty of malpractice.
To be clear, not every mistake during surgery constitutes malpractice. If no injury occurred or if the standard of care wasn’t breached, then no surgical malpractice occurred. All surgical procedures carry a certain amount of known risk. Your surgeon, anesthesiologist and nursing staff should review these risks with you before your surgery. In order for something to be considered a surgical error, it must go beyond known risks of the procedure.
If surgeon’s actions caused an injury and their conduct falls below the generally accepted standard of care, you may have grounds for a surgical malpractice lawsuit. A few reasons for surgical malpractice include:
- Operating on the wrong area
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Leaving surgical tools or other equipment inside the patient
- The surgeon doesn’t have an adequate level of training and experience
Some surgical errors can cause nerve damage while others require the patient to undergo additional surgeries just to correct the mistake.
Malpractice for plastic (cosmetic) surgical procedures
Plastic surgical procedures like face lifts, breast augmentations and tummy tucks have grown tremendously in recent decades, and so too have cases of malpractice.
Mistakes in plastic surgery are especially devastating since they typically result in disfigurement, scarring and more. These procedures are not always optional — a patient may have been in a terrible car accident and suffered extensive disfigurement to their face. They go into the surgery with the hopes they will regain their previous appearance. Sadly, they sometimes come out worse off.
A few clues that a surgical error or malpractice has occurred during a plastic surgery procedure include:
- A sudden drooping around the surgical site
- Discoloration of the skin
If you feel a plastic surgeon was negligent or otherwise unqualified to handle your procedure, you should speak with an experienced surgical malpractice attorney in Gainesville, FL as soon as possible. Plastic surgeons will often claim they are qualified for certain procedures when in reality they have no certification or any other formal training.
Surgical malpractice attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts help patients obtain compensation and corrective care for their injuries.
Our Gainesville-based firm helps patients negatively affected by surgeon malpractice or negligence. Although spotting a surgical error is relatively easy, proving it was the cause of your injuries is a whole other matter.
Attorneys Marc Warner, Michael Sechrest and their support staff possess extensive experience at helping victims of malpractice prove that the surgical error did indeed lead to their injury. We consult with medical experts, interview witnesses and carefully review your medical records to see if malpractice did indeed occur.
If we determine that surgical malpractice did occur and the surgeon’s conduct fell below the generally accepted standard of care, our board-certified litigation attorneys will passionately defend your rights and fight for just compensation. Like other injuries, patients affected by surgical malpractice can be compensated for:
- Additional medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Transportation and other costs
- Loss of consortium (i.e. damages suffered by a spouse)
- Wrongful death
- Pain & suffering
If you’ve suffered an injury due to surgical error, it’s important you speak with an attorney in Gainesville, FL as soon as possible.
Surgical malpractice attorneys at Warner, Sechrest & Butts possess the necessary experience and resources to vigorously pursue your case if malpractice did occur. To discuss your case, call our Gainesville office or complete our contact form today to schedule your free injury consultation.