All too often, we hear about a patient that underwent surgery and had a needle, sponge, instrument, towel, lap pad, or retractor left inside of them after the surgical procedure. In addition, surgical errors have occurred where the wrong side of the body was operated on, the wrong organ was removed, the wrong limb removed or amputated, the wrong patient was taken to surgery, the wrong surgery or procedure was performed, or the wrong organ was removed. Even more frightening, is when we hear about a patient who caught on fire during a surgical procedure. All of these incidents are considered surgical errors.
Surgical errors are listed as "Never Events", by the National Quality Forum. That means surgical errors should not happen. If surgical errors are a never event, why are they still happening at an alarming rate?
Here at Reiff & Bily, our Philadelphia surgical error attorneys are very familiar with surgical error malpractice. For many years, our Pennsylvania medical malpractice law firm has successfully represented patients, just like you or a loved one, that have be harmed or suffered due to a surgical error.
Because there are so many surgical errors occurring, the Joint Commission, the organization that gives hospitals their accreditation, developed a "Universal Protocol" that requires every surgeon, nurse, nurse anesthetist, surgical technician or anyone else involved in the surgery to take a time-out to confirm the right patient and right surgical procedure, in addition to completing a check-list prior to any surgery. You can find the protocol on the Joint Commission web site at: http://www.jointcommission.org/facts_about_the_universal_protocol/
Here at Reiff & Bily, we have seen that surgical errors can lead to healthy organs being removed, diseased or cancerous organs not being removed, wrong limbs amputated, surgical items left inside of a body, the need for additional surgery, pain, suffering, and financial devastation. Our experienced Philadelphia surgical error lawyers really do understand how an error during a surgery can significantly impact your life as well as the lives of your family and loved ones. We fought hard for people that were victims of surgical errors that had drastically altered their life and their loved ones life. We will continue to fight for injured victims just like you.
We stand proud as being a nationally known medical negligence law firm where many judges, lawyers, politicians, television personalities, high ranking officials, and doctors have turned to when faced with, medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries, or a wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a surgical error or wrongful death, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at 800-421-9595. Please feel free to look at our track record of success and call us for free no obligation consultation. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.