Gorovitz & Borten, P.C.
Attorneys at Law

550 Cochituate Road, Suite 25
Framingham, Massachusetts
Tel: (781) 890-9095
Surgical Errors
Surgical procedures are usually safely planned and executed. Nonetheless, surgery
of any kind creates situations vulnerable to human error. Surgical errors often lead
to additional complications when the mistake is not recognized or ignored. Some
surgical errors may lead to permanent disability and even death. Common examples
of unintended surgical complications and errors include:

  • Inadequate preoperative evaluation
  • Delayed surgery
  • Incorrect incision
  • Wrong site surgery
  • Inadequate monitoring during the procedure
  • Improper positioning on the operating room table
  • Leaving a foreign object (instrument or sponge) in the patient's body
  • Incomplete surgical procedure
  • Inappropriate postoperative care
  • Surgery unrelated to the patient's condition

Negligence in a surgical procedure can be especially difficult to prove in court.
Making a claim of a surgical error against a surgeon requires sophisticated medical
knowledge and the assistance of reputable medical experts willing to testify
convincingly as to the surgeon's negligence in court. At Gorovitz & Borten we  have
both the knowledge  and the resources to put together a solid representation of your
medical negligence case.  Some examples of surgical malpractice our office has
represented include:

  • Complications of gynecologic surgery
  • Complications of gallbladder surgery
  • Complications of abdominal surgery
  • Incomplete surgical procedure
  • Injury to adjacent organs
  • Nerve injury
  • Bowel injury
  • Ureteral injury
  • Bladder injury
  • Post-operative complications
  • Serious functional impairment
  • Death

In the operating room, damage control principles dictate that control of hemorrhage
and control of contamination take priority deferring prolonged surgical interventions
and reconstructions until the patient is stabilized. Correction of hypothermia (low
body temperature), acidosis (chemical imbalance) and coagulopathy (blood clotting
abnormality) should be accomplished to avoid major complications. Failure to adhere
to these principles is a clear departure from the acceptable standard of care. Major
categories of management errors in the operating room include:

  • Inadequate hemorrhage control
  • Deficient airway management
  • Inappropriate management of an unstable patient
  • Complications of the procedure itself
  • Inadequate antibiotic prophylaxis
  • Inadequate coagulation prophylaxis
  • Over-resuscitation with fluids
  • Surgical instruments left in the body

Surgical mistakes that cause injury may give rise to a medical malpractice cause of
action. If as a result of a surgeon's or nurse's error your condition worsened or you
have been unexpectedly injured, you deserve legal representation. If you are
suffering from complications due to a surgical error, let
Dr. Borten and the Boston
area medical malpractice attorneys at Gorovitz & Borten review the specifics of your
case. We can help you assert your rights and get the compensation you deserve.
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