Cardiac Surgery Negligence Injury Lawyer
Any surgery comes with risks, but those risks are lowered when surgical protocols are followed. Cardiac surgeries are among the most complex but have life-saving rewards when performed properly. Unfortunately, even a small error by the surgical team can mean dire consequences for the patient during heart surgery. If you or a loved one suffered preventable complications during cardiac surgery due to medical errors, you can seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Some complications or poor outcomes of cardiac surgery are not caused by an error. These complicated surgeries come with risks, but the consequences of not having surgery can be more dangerous. It is important to understand the difference between a poor outcome and a medical error. Cardiac surgeons who perform surgery using the accepted techniques and methods cannot be held responsible if the surgery is not a success or there are complications. However, if they make a mistake and it causes injury or death, that is not part of the accepted risk of cardiac surgery.
Heart Surgery Errors
Any major surgery can have medical errors occur that puts the patient at risk of injury or death. Anesthesia errors, leaving foreign objects inside the body and other surgical mistakes happen during heart or any type of surgery. However, there are errors that are specific to cardiac surgery. These can include:
- Over-inflation errors during angioplasty
- Improper ablation to correct arrhythmia – tissue or organ damage
- Damage to the heart during stent or pacemaker insertion or removal
- Wrong incisions or techniques used during surgery
Cardiac surgeons and their surgical teams are human and can make mistakes. In most cases, they are competent medical professionals but made an error that had tragic consequences. However, no victim should be expected to pay for these mistakes with their health, life or bank account.
If you lost a loved one due to a heart surgery error or you were injured during cardiac surgery, contact our team at Race Law Firm. We will help determine whether pursuing a medical malpractice claim could be beneficial for you to cover medical costs, lost income and other damages.