If you are looking for a surgical error lawyer, we invite you to contact Rikard & Protopapas in Columbia, SC for a consultation. We have a 20-plus-year history representing victims of medical malpractice and their families throughout South Carolina. Contact us to talk about your case and begin.
Attorneys for Surgical Errors and Mistakes
Healthcare professionals that perform surgery should have the training and skill to perform the surgery successfully. They must devote the needed attention and care to their tasks during the surgery. When healthcare professionals fail to provide adequate medical care, and mistakes occur, our lawyers for surgical errors may represent you in a claim for financial compensation.
The monetary compensation that you may receive following a surgical mistake is an important part of your healing. To receive compensation, you must bring a claim. A surgical error lawyer may represent you. The Rikard & Protopapas legal team has a track record of success in medical negligence claims. Call or message us to discuss your case and begin.
Cases We Handle Involving Errors During Surgery
Operating on the wrong body part
A patient gives informed consent to a specific operation. Operating on the wrong part causes injury and prevents the patient from getting the care they need.
Performing the wrong surgery
Careless mistakes can result in a surgical team performing the wrong operation.
Patients with similar names or other commonalities may be confused by medical staff. If the appropriate checks are not made, the surgical team may perform an operation on the wrong patient.
Cuts and injuries to the body tissue
Some cuts during surgery are intentional. However, accidental cutting and tissue damage can occur, resulting in harm to the patient.
Object left in the body
An instrument or sponge may be left in the body during surgery. A retained surgical body may result in pain, infection, or a palpable object. The victim may need additional operations and medical care.
Failing to diagnose a serious condition during surgery
A surgeon should be trained to observe and identify medical conditions that may present during surgery. Failing to identify signs and symptoms during surgery may amount to medical malpractice.
Iliac vein injuries
Negligence during surgery may result in injuries to the iliac vein. Severe complications like blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and compromised blood flow to lower extremities may occur. When doctors and nurses fail to recognize distress and bleeding from an iliac vein injury, the patient may suffer severe injury or death.
Anesthesia errors may result in a variety of harm, all of them serious. The patient may choke, wake up during surgery, suffer brain damage, hypertension, stroke, or brain damage.
Complications including bleeding and infections
Part of performing successful surgery is minimizing complications and monitoring the patient. If bleeding or infections occur, care providers should respond appropriately.
Post-operative errors, patient instructions
A patient must know what to do following surgery. Failing to give the patient adequate instructions and guidance may be a breach of professional standards of care.
Other surgical errors
Our lawyers are leaders in litigation for victims of surgical error. We take difficult cases, and we are experienced in surgical error claims.
Legal Claims for Surgery Error
Legal claims for surgery errors are based on negligence. This typically requires demonstrating that the healthcare provider deviated from the accepted standard of care. Healthcare providers who perform surgery should have the training and skill that is appropriate for a specialist.
Medical negligence is healthcare that falls below professional standards. The care provider or team may have done something that falls below the acceptable standard of care in how they treated the patient. Alternatively, they may have failed to do something that they should have done.
To receive compensation, professional negligence must be the direct cause of harm to the patient. Proving the case may involve medical records, working with experts, and a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the treatment. When Rikard & Protopapas represents you, we diligently investigate and prepare your case for compensation.
What Compensation Could Be Awarded?
Some examples of compensation that may be available for surgical error include:
- Emergency medical care
- Additional surgeries needed to correct errors
- Evaluations and diagnostics, doctor and nursing care
- Other medical expenses
- Lost income, the cost of household services and care
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Damage to lifestyle and life expectancy
- Other injury
Our goal is for you to receive the compensation that you are due under South Carolina law. For a personalized evaluation of your case, we invite you to contact us for a personalized case review.
Why Choose Our Experienced Lawyers?
The lawyers at Rikard & Protopapas work to maximize any potential recovery. Highlights of our law firm include:
- Over 120 years of combined experience among our lawyers
- 20-plus years that our law firm has worked to serve medical malpractice victims in South Carolina
- Our lawyers have been rated Top Attorney from Columbia Living Magazine and Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney by Super Lawyers, among other honors
- We’ve collected tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients
- With membership in the South Carolina Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice, we have the dedication to meet your legal needs
- We handle these cases on contingency fee contract. That means we do not get paid until and unless our client makes a recovery. Generally, our fees will be a percentage of any recovery, and that percentage is computed before deducting expenses. Typically, the expenses are deducted from the settlement and reimbursed to our firm for any advanced expenses.
- Our team can represent you wherever you need us throughout South Carolina. We’re admitted in the South Carolina state courts and United States courts including the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court
- Consultations are always free. There’s no cost for a first consultation with our legal team
Once we review your personal information, we determine the best way to proceed. With 1,600 trusted clients and growing, we are proud to be leaders in medical negligence claims.
Consultations Available With a Lawyer
Don’t wait to begin your case. Talk to a lawyer at Rikard & Protopapas about your surgical error case and start today. You have a limited amount of time to pursue a claim, so it’s important to contact us now.
Let us help you with your financial compensation following surgical negligence. Call or message us today.