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Rockford, IL Surgical Mistake Injury Lawyers

Boone County Surgical Errors Lawyer

Attorneys Providing Legal Help for Victims of Surgical Errors in Winnebago County, IL

Patients who undergo surgical procedures entrust their health and well-being to a team of medical professionals before, during, and after the surgery. This is why no operation can ever be considered "routine." Those on the surgical team are responsible to take all reasonable and necessary measures to ensure the procedure goes smoothly and there are no severe complications. Unfortunately, surgical errors occur far more often than most people realize.

A study reported by Johns Hopkins University, conducted between 1990 and 2010, found that over 4,000 patients suffer preventable injuries each year due to a surgical error. Just over 59% of victims suffer temporary injury, nearly 33% suffer permanent injury, and around 7% of these cases lead to wrongful death. If you or someone close to you has been harmed as a result of an operating error, you may be entitled to compensation. These types of cases can be difficult to pursue, however, so it is important to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of Schwartz Injury Law, has established a strong track record of success representing victims of surgical errors in Rockford, Chicago, and communities throughout Illinois. Our lawyers have over 20 years of experience in this area of the law, and we know what it takes to prevail against even the most well-funded adversaries. Our vast experience, resources, and commitment to aggressively advocating for the rights and interests of our clients are major reasons numerous medical malpractice victims have trusted us to represent them over the years.

Case Result: $4.8 Million Verdict for Wrongful Death of 46-Year-Old Woman After Surgical Procedure

Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of Schwartz Injury Law represented the estate of a 46-year-old mother who underwent a neurosurgical procedure to treat a malformation that had formed in her left neck. The procedure was without complications, and the patient was doing fine during recovery when the surgeon ordered that the patient be intubated to protect her airway. Almost immediately after the intubation was done, the woman developed cardiac arrest and could not be resuscitated. An X-ray of the chest showed that a fatal error occurred when the endotracheal tube was placed in the esophagus rather than the trachea.

Common Types of Surgical Errors in Illinois Hospitals

Surgical errors can occur at any stage of a procedure: pre-op, during surgery, or post-op. Some of the most common things that can go wrong include:

  • Incorrect operating plans
  • Incorrect operating techniques
  • Sponges or other surgical instruments left inside the patient
  • Injury to nerves, blood vessels, or internal organs
  • Anesthesia errors leading to brain damage and other complications
  • Medication errors (e.g., wrong dosage, over/under dose, incompatible mixtures, etc.)
  • Delayed surgery due to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • C-section errors resulting in birth injuries
  • Post-surgical infections
  • Failure to adequately monitor the recovery process

Surgical error cases are factually and legally complex, often involving multiple factors and several parties that may be responsible. Our team performs a comprehensive review of the medical records to determine the important facts and other pieces of evidence. Because we have seen virtually every issue that may arise in an operating room setting, we are able to quickly identify critical (and often overlooked) factors that may point to negligence. In addition, we routinely call upon top national medical and surgical experts to provide input and expert testimony to help support our findings.

Contact an Experienced Ogle County Surgical Errors Attorney

At Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of Schwartz Injury Law, we understand the enormous physical, emotional, and financial toll surgical injuries take on victims and their families, and we put our experience to work to hold those responsible for this type of negligence fully accountable. We offer free consultations, and we take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you only pay legal fees if we win your case. If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a surgical error in Illinois, contact our office today at 815-215-7561 to schedule a free, no obligation case assessment. We serve clients in Rockford, Winnebago County, Freeport, Belvidere, Winnebago, Loves Park, Byron, Rochelle, Oregon, Boone County, Stephenson County, Ogle County, and throughout Illinois.

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