Can Surgical Errors in North Carolina Lead to Medical Malpractice Claims?


At Roberts & Harris PC, our Raleigh medical malpractice attorneys know that North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s best hospitals and that the surgeons and supporting staff who practice within these facilities are some of the state’s most qualified medical professionals.

Our personal injury lawyers in Wake County also know that surgical errors can occur anytime negligence is a factor in the operating room that could include something as simple as a nurse assisting in a procedure on very little sleep, which has similar impairments as alcohol intoxication, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

When negligent actions or inaction inside an operating room lead to a surgical error and injuries, the liable party may be pursued during a medical malpractice claim.

Here is what our clients need to know about the connection between surgical errors and medical malpractice claims.

What Types of Surgical Errors Rise to the Level of Medical Malpractice in North Carolina?

Surgical procedures are highly orchestrated events that require collaboration between physicians, nurses, technicians, and support staff to produce successful results.

When one or more medical professionals fail to provide the standard of care necessary to ensure the patient’s safety, and their breach of duty leads to injuries or wrongful death, the negligent individual, party, or facility may be held liable for the damages our client or their family has suffered.

Common surgical errors in North Carolina may include, but are not limited to:

  • Hospital-acquired infection
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Wrong patient surgery
  • Foreign object left in the body
  • Wrong-site surgery

Medical professionals throughout North Carolina including surgeons and their support staff must provide patients with the care level another healthcare provider with the same training and experience would provide under similar circumstances.

When they do not, the negligent individual or party may be liable for medical malpractice and the resulting damages.

Why Do Surgical Errors Occur in North Carolina Medical Facilities?

When negligence is a factor during a surgical procedure, the harm it causes the patient can require extended medical care to repair the injury or lead to permanent damage that changes our clients’ lives.

Common North Carolina surgical errors may be caused by:

  • Insufficient preoperative planning
  • Poor communication between the surgical staff
  • Fatigued medical staff or surgeons
  • Alcohol or drug use by the medical staff
  • Unqualified physicians or staff providing treatment

When our clients suffer injuries during a surgical procedure in North Carolina, they deserve to pursue financial recovery for all medical expenses that result from the error, ongoing rehabilitation, and physical therapy costs and lost income or overall earning capacity.

Contact Our Skilled Raleigh Personal Injury Attorneys at Roberts & Harris today

If your surgeon, another medical professional involved in your procedure, or the medical facility where the procedure occurred was negligent in providing care, you may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim.

Contact our skilled Raleigh personal injury attorneys at Roberts & Harris PC today at 919-249-5006 or online to discuss your medical malpractice injuries and how we can pursue the negligent person, party, or facility for your financial recovery.

Our skilled litigators provide free consultations for all personal injury cases in North Carolina, and never charge any legal fees unless we deliver a positive outcome for your unique case.

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