All surgeries involve some amount of risk. That’s why it’s so important that surgeons, medical staff, and hospitals do their jobs properly and professionally. When they make mistakes, vulnerable patients can suffer serious harm – including permanent disabilities or even fatal injuries. That’s when the Seattle surgical negligence attorneys at Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC can help. They have the skills and experience to handle even the most complex cases involving medical mistakes.
Our respected surgical negligence lawyers can evaluate your case and discuss your concerns in a free initial consultation. From Seattle or elsewhere in Washington, including Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island, and the Tri-Cities, simply call us at 206-842-1000, or use our convenient online form. We’re ready to put our skills and experience to work for you.
In Washington, state law requires that acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, and certain other medical facilities report adverse health events – meaning medical errors the facilities could and should have avoided. Among the many types of adverse events that must be reported, five categories are set out for surgical events.
Since mandatory adverse event reporting began in mid-2006, Washington hospitals and surgical facilities have reported over 350 surgical adverse events. The reported events include over 200 instances in which foreign objects were left inside a patient’s body. In over 100 reported cases, surgery was performed on the wrong part of a patient’s body. Other errors included performing the wrong surgical procedure on a patient (36 reported events), and even performing surgery on the wrong patient (4 reported events).
Those numbers make it clear that Washington surgeons, hospitals, and surgical clinics can and do make serious mistakes, ones that may result in serious injury or even death for patients. When those mistakes reflect treatment that falls below the proper standard of medical care, surgical negligence is the result.
In addition to the grave errors that Washington medical facilities are required to report, other forms of surgical negligence can be more subtle, yet equally dangerous and harmful for patients. Surgical negligence can arise during all stages of the surgical process, whether during pre-operative care and preparation for surgery, during the surgery itself, or during the period of post-operative monitoring and care. Issues can include improper medication of patients prior to procedures, damaging mistakes during surgery committed by the surgeon or the many nurses and staff in and around the operating room, improper administration of anesthesia before and during the procedure, and improper monitoring to detect or prevent post-operative complications such as internal bleeding or blood clots.
We want to help if you or a loved one has been injured by surgical negligence. We’re ready to put our years of experience representing medical malpractice victims – and our proven record of results – to work for you. From Seattle, Pasco, Richland, Kennewick, Bainbridge Island, or elsewhere in Washington, you can reach us to schedule a free consultation about your case by simply calling 206-842-1000 or by using our online form. Let a trusted Seattle surgical negligence attorney with Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC explain how we can protect you and your family’s rights as victims of surgical negligence.