Surgical errors are one of the leading forms of medical malpractice

Surgical errors are one of the leading forms of medical malpractice

When surgical errors occur, the results may be catastrophic, leading to a life time of pain, potential disability, decrease cognitive and/or physical ability, and in the worst case, death.

In a recent medical malpractice case, a jury awarded a woman $55.9 million based on allegations that a mistake was made during surgery. In the surgical error trial, the woman asserted that during a laminectomy to relieve pain and tingling in her hands and neck, a piece of fractured bone became embedded in the covering of her spinal cord. Despite tests which revealed an injury, doctors proceeded with their surgery and incorrectly stated in the records that no adverse events had occurred.

As a result of errors made during the surgery and the failure to remedy the hematoma pressing on her spinal cord, the woman was rendered a quadriplegic, her complaint asserted. Her attorney argues that with a proper and timely diagnosis of the hematoma, she may have avoided paralysis.

Preventable medical errors occur at an alarming rate in California and throughout the United States and are the third leading cause of death. Although here the patient survived, she suffered permanent and catastrophic harm. The woman was awarded damages including sums for lost wages, pain and suffering, and future medical care.

If you believe you have suffered harm due to a medical mistake, its important to contact an experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to begin an investigation, including a review of your medical records.

For more information, please contact the experience San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson LLP for an immediate consultation.

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