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7 Common Surgical Errors: When to Sue for Injuries

By Christopher Coble, Esq. | Last updated on

Any surgery can be dangerous. First, a medical condition that necessitates surgery is generally a serious one. And even mild anesthesia carries risks. After that, a surgeon has to successfully complete the procedure, and then there's closing the wound up and recovery. That's a lot of things that can go wrong, causing serious and even life-threatening injuries.

Here are seven of the most common surgical errors that can lead to patient injuries, and when you might have a case for medical malpractice.

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It's 2017, meaning that not all of your surgeons are human. Robots can offer steadier hands and less fatigue than their human counterparts, but who's liable when they malfunction?

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Surgeries on the wrong limb or organ are, tragically, more common than you'd think. These obvious mistakes are clearly grounds for medical malpractice lawsuits, right?

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6. When Can You Sue for Scarring or Disfigurement?

Even if the surgery was success overall, the devil may be in the details. Careless suturing of surgical wounds or even malicious scarring can be grounds for a lawsuit.

7. Can You Sue for Plastic Surgery Results You Don't Like?

Results matter in any surgery, especially in elective surgery where the goal is perfection. But is being less than perfectly satisfied with the results of plastic surgery grounds for a lawsuit?

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