Surgical Errors in Medical Malpractice Cases

Serving Clients in Birmingham, Shelby County, and throughout Alabama

Ideally, every patient would exit an operating room in better condition than when they entered it. However, if some part of a surgery goes wrong, you’ll need a qualified Birmingham medical malpractice lawyer who can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

The medical malpractice lawyers at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates are dedicated to fighting for the rights of victims and their loved ones. To begin building a strong case, please call 205-545-7475 today to schedule a free consultation. We are pleased to serve clients in Birmingham and other areas of Alabama.

Defining Surgical Error

Any kind of surgery is a delicate procedure. As a patient, you have the right to expect doctors, nurses and other medical personnel attending to you to observe a proper standard of care. If you were injured due to the carelessness of a surgeon, our medical malpractice lawyers will listen to your story and advise you on the best way to build a claim.

Medical malpractice can occur in a surgical setting when:

  • Surgical instruments aren’t sterilized properly
  • The surgeon performs on the wrong part of the body (wrong-site surgery)
  • Incisions aren’t made correctly
  • Medical personnel leave surgical equipment inside of the patient
  • Infection develops because of inadequate post-operative care
  • A surgeon or other staff member operates in an unfit state (sleep-deprived, intoxicated, etc.)
  • Anesthesia is administered incorrectly
  • Doctors, nurses and other staff members fail to take crucial aspects of the patient’s medical history into account, such as drug allergies, details of the patient’s condition, etc.

Building Your Medical Malpractice Case

During your consultation, our medical malpractice lawyers will review aspects of your case and discuss the impact of the health care provider’s negligence on you and your loved ones. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical costs: Expenses tied to treatment for injuries suffered during surgery, rehabilitation, etc.
  • Income loss: Restitution for missed wages due to the injuries you sustained from negligence, as well as lost earning capacity if the injuries compromise your ability to work
  • Noneconomic damages: Compensation for pain and suffering, mental distress, disfigurement, physical disability, diminished quality of life, etc.
  • Punitive damages: You might be awarded punitive damages if the court determines that the medical provider acted in a deliberately reckless or harmful manner

If someone you care about didn’t survive a surgical procedure that you suspect wasn’t conducted with the proper level of care, our medical malpractice lawyers will also listen to your story and assess the circumstances. Though monetary compensation won’t take away the pain of losing a loved one, our attorneys might be able to bring a wrongful death claim on your behalf against one or more parties involved in the surgery.

To find out how an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help you pursue compensation for surgical errors, please contact Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates or call 205-545-7475 today to schedule your consultation. We are proud to advocate for clients in or around Selma, Montgomery, Birmingham, and other parts of Alabama.