Surgical errors come in many varieties. Some are big mistakes that are rather shocking in nature. These are the ones that often end up in headlines and news stories. A recent Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality article went over some of the more shocking U.S. surgical mistakes that have been reported on. They involved things like large tools being left in a patient, a patient not being given general anesthesia until an operation was well under way, blood type mix-ups in an organ transplant and removal of the wrong organ.
However, not all surgical errors are things that might find themselves at home in a horror movie. Some mistakes are more subtle, involving the small details of a surgery. Such errors, in addition to not being as headline-grabbing, can also be much more difficult to spot.
An important thing to note is that a surgical error doesn’t have to be shocking in nature or obvious to be harmful. Mistakes of the more subtle variety are just as capable of wreaking havoc on a surgical patient’s health and life.
So, whether a surgical mistake is shocking or subtle, getting fairly compensated can be very important to the patient subjected for the error. Now, different types of surgery errors can raise different sorts of challenges when it comes to pursuing legal action over them. For example, more subtle mistakes can raise some special challenges in proving that they actually happened. Skilled malpractice attorneys can help victims of surgical negligence with addressing the challenges particular to their case.