Chicago Surgical Error Attorneys

Surgical procedures can be life-saving for people suffering from a variety of illnesses and injuries. People trust their surgeons not just with their well-being, but with their lives. Doctors, and especially surgeons, go through years of training to learn how to do their jobs properly and to ensure the wellbeing of their patients. They learn to perform each procedure with caution, and their line of work requires that they pay attention to every single move they make. However, when surgeons neglect to conduct these procedures with extreme care, they put the patient at risk, and the surgery can go from life-saving to life-threatening. It may be shocking that such a highly trained professional could be so careless, but in fact, over 4,000 preventable surgical errors occur in the United States every year.

Surgeons who make careless errors while operating put patients in danger of serious injury or even death. In doing so, they betray the trust patients and families have in them. At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we believe negligent surgeons should pay for the harm they cause to vulnerable patients. If you or someone you love was hurt by a surgical error, we will fight tirelessly for you and help you hold the medical professionals responsible financially accountable. Give us a call at (312) 346-8620 or utilize the live chat feature on our website to set up a confidential consultation to see if our dedicated Chicago area surgical error attorneys are the right fit for you.

Why You Need a Lawyer

If a surgeon was negligent and it led to injury for you or a loved one, you have likely gone through an extremely time-consuming and stressful ordeal. Fighting a legal battle to prove their negligence should not be at the top of your list of priorities, so let it be on top of ours. We will work to ensure you get the justice you deserve for the pain your doctor put you through by being negligent on the job.

In some cases, it can be difficult to prove that a surgeon was negligent. Surgery requires a very specific skill set, and not many people outside of surgeons themselves understand what is expected of them when they take on a procedure. This means you will likely have to hire an expert witness to identify what went wrong and whether that constitutes malpractice. Surgical errors typically happen because of a failure to pay attention or a failure in communication between the surgeon, their surgical team, the nurses, and the patient themselves.

Additionally, there is a certain level of risk with any surgery, no matter how simple it appears to be, and surgeons make their patients sign consent forms beforehand to acknowledge this risk. You have the right to legally pursue compensation for surgical errors, however, because by their very nature they are avoidable. They are mistakes that, because of their high level of training, the surgeon never should have made. You can and should make sure your surgeon pays for their actions, but you should retain legal counsel to ensure the right steps are taken in order for the court to find your doctor legally negligent.

Why Choose Us?

Here at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, we have many talented surgical error attorneys who will help you get justice for the ordeal your physician put you through. Jonathan B. Fleisher, one of the partners at our firm, has vast experience with medical malpractice cases. He has worked with us since he received his J.D. in 1995, and is a native to the Chicago area, so he is dedicated to defending the people of this city. He has had multiple successes in cases where clients have been awarded upwards of $1,000,000. Charles V. Falkenberg, III, another partner at our firm with experience in medical malpractice claims, takes on even the hardest cases. He, too, has had clients achieve payouts over $1,000,000, and he also steps up to take on the cases that attorneys from other firms have turned down. He received his J.D. from Loyola University here in Chicago in 1986, and was nominated by peers to be a “Leading Lawyer” honoree by Law Bulletin Publishing Co.

When you choose Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, you are choosing trustworthy, caring, sympathetic attorneys who want nothing more than to help you achieve justice for your surgical error case. We will work with you to establish a case you are comfortable with and that will gain you the compensation you deserve. The world of medical malpractice law can be very confusing, but here at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, you will be our first priority.

Types of Surgical Errors

Surgery is often a complex procedure involving many steps, and that means many opportunities for the procedure to go wrong. Even so, it is surprising how wrong a careless surgeon can get it. Here are some of the most common and dangerous types of easily preventable surgical errors:

  • Foreign object left in the body: Since many objects used in surgery are more or less disposable, a careless surgeon will sometimes leave one behind and close it up inside the body.
  • Wrong body site: Sometimes, a surgeon’s negligence will lead them to operate on the wrong part of the body, even if the correct part has been marked off beforehand.
  • Wrong procedure: Surgeons who fail to pay attention may perform the wrong type of procedure on it. This new procedure may actually make your condition worse.
  • Wrong patient: Some surgeons are even so careless as to perform a procedure on the wrong patient altogether.
  • Incorrect incisions: If a surgeon isn’t paying attention, they could place an incision in the wrong place, cut incorrectly, or make the incision larger than necessary, leading to unnecessary pain and prolonged recovery time.
  • Prolonged surgery: The more time a patient spends under anesthesia, the more likely they are to develop complications. If a surgeon makes a mistake that significantly increases the surgery time, they could be considered negligent.
  • Damage to nearby organs: Sometimes, if a surgeon isn’t as precise as they were trained to be, they can make errors that not only affect the site of the surgery, but nearby areas of the body as well.
  • Anesthesia errors: This type of mistake can happen if an anesthesiologist gives a patient a sedative they have a known allergy to or if they do not give the patient enough anesthesia and they begin to wake up during the procedure.

Any of these errors expose patients to a risk of unnecessary injury, and some may require the patient to go recover from an incorrectly performed procedure only to go back into surgery for the procedure they needed in the first place. Whether a surgeon’s mistake leads to injury, the need for additional surgery, or death, they deserve to be called out for it to ensure the same mistake does not happen again with a different patient on the table. Additionally, you deserve to be compensated for your pain and suffering, medical bills, permanent disability, lost wages, emotional distress, or any other consequences that result from such a careless mistake. Pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit with the assistance of a lawyer from Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can accomplish both of these goals.

Contact Us

The consequences of a surgical error can be tough to bear. Whatever your situation, Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC can help. Whenever we work with clients who are victims of surgical errors, we take extra care to ensure you are comfortable every step of the way. In some of these cases, patients can feel as though their sense of safety has been compromised and don’t want to face their medical provider in court. However, it is precisely because of that lost sense of safety that you should call your surgeon out on their mistakes. Make sure there are consequences for careless mistakes made on the job. You deserve to feel safe in the hands of your doctor, someone you put so much of your trust in. Make sure that they learn a lesson so that no one else is put in this situation and so that people in the future can also believe that they are in trustworthy hands.

Our medical malpractice attorneys have experience fighting negligent surgeons in Chicago. We will work hard to build your case and increase your chances of winning damages in or out of court. Call the Chicago surgical error attorneys of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC today at (312) 346-8620.

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