Surgical Mistakes


Of the mistakes that The Cochran Firm's medical malpractice attorneys see, the most devastating and frequently lethal are undoubtedly surgical mistakes. A surgical procedure is exactly the wrong situation for an avoidable mistake, and the error tends to have catastrophic consequences.

We understand that surgery is a difficult, sensitive act, and everyone acknowledges that a tragic outcome in a surgery is not necessarily medical malpractice. However, when surgeons violate establish standards of care, innocent patients are hurt, and someone should be held accountable.

With our decades of experience in this complicated field of personal injury law, our medical malpractice attorneys are uniquely equipped to help after you've suffered an injury due to a surgical error.

If you've been hurt due to the negligence of a medical professional, you should speak to our medical malpractice attorneys immediately. Please call The Cochran Firm today at 1-800-843-3476 for a free consultation.

Examples of Surgical Errors

There is a lot that can go wrong during even the most common of surgical procedures, which is why responsible hospitals and surgical teams take extensive precautions. However, all the precautions in the world will occasionally fail when presented with a particularly negligent medical professional.

Common examples of surgical errors that our medical malpractice attorneys see include:

  • Anesthesia errors, particularly related to allergies
  • Accidental damage to surrounding muscles, ligaments, tissue and nerves
  • Leaving surgical instruments inside patients
  • Avoidable infection

Not All Cases Involve Malpractice

Again, it's important to understand that a bad outcome does not automatically qualify as medical malpractice. In the case of an anesthesia allergy, for example, the patient might have had no way of knowing he or she had the allergy, and thus the doctors would have no way of learning of it.

However, there are accepted standards of care for surgical procedures, and medical professionals are expected to adhere to them.

Consequences of Surgical Errors

As noted above, the consequences of surgical mistakes are often severe. Our medical malpractice attorneys have helped patients and their families after malpractice has caused:

  • Brain damage
  • Loss of the use of a limb
  • Lingering infections
  • Death

As the victim of malpractice, you have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. This compensation can include medical expenses accrued as a result of the mistake, as well as a loss of earning capacity and the pain and suffering you endured.

Our medical malpractice attorneys will evaluate your claim at a free initial consultation. We will then use our decades of specialized experience and connections with respected medical experts to determine the nature of the mistake that hurt you.

If you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney, please contact The Cochran Firm today.