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Billings Surgical Error Attorney Helping Patients in Montana and Wyoming

Mistakes during surgery happen more often than people realize. Surgical errors can be devastating, resulting in catastrophic consequences for the injured patient and his or her family. While not all mistakes that occur during an operation constitute medical malpractice, many do occur as a direct result of the surgeon and other medical personnel violating established standards of medical care. If this has happened to you, then you have a right to hold the doctor responsible for your injuries. While a Billings surgical error lawyer can advise you on how to proceed in your particular situation, the following information provides a background on how you can get help for your medical malpractice injury. 

Common Surgical Mistakes

Surgeons and their medical staff take the lives and well-being of their patients into their hands every time they enter the operating room. These professionals undergo years of education and training precisely because there is so much that can go wrong during every kind of surgical procedure, even the very common ones. Usually, things go according to plan and the patient’s outcomes are as expected. But there are times when medical professionals behave negligently and the patient ends up suffering unnecessarily.

Some examples of medical errors cases that a Billings surgical error attorney regularly encounters include:

  • The wrong procedure is performed on the patient
  • Surgery was performed on the wrong site
  • Surgery was prolonged to the patient’s detriment
  • There was damage to organs adjacent to the surgery site
  • There was damage to surrounding muscles, ligaments, tissue, and nerves
  • Equipment was not properly sterilized
  • Surgical instruments were left in the patient’s body
  • Anesthesia errors — such as failing to account for patient allergies — were made 
  • The patient experienced a postoperative infection that could have been avoided 

How Surgical Errors Happen

Often patients and their families are left wondering how the surgical error could have happened. Your Billings surgical error attorney at Ragain & Clark is here for you to work through this tough time. While there are a number of different reasons behind surgical errors, some common ones are: 

  • Medical professionals are too tired to perform their duties safely
  • Medical professionals are under the influence of drugs and alcohol 
  • The surgeon or the surgical team take shortcuts during surgery
  • The surgeon was not properly trained and/or does not have adequate experience to perform the procedure 
  • The medical staff failed to properly plan for the procedure, which resulted in certain precautions — like having necessary equipment available when it is needed — being bypassed
  • The failure on the part of medical staff to properly communication among themselves and with the patient 
  • Post-surgical standard and necessary protocols were not followed 

Living with the Consequences of a Surgical Mistake? Our Billings Surgical Error Lawyer Can Help

If you are suffering as the result of a surgical mistake, a Ragain & Clark, PC Billings surgical error attorney is available to meet with you at no charge to discuss your options for pursuing a claim in Montana or Wyoming. Please contact us online or call our offices directly:

Billings Office: 406-651-8888

Worland Office: 307-388-6400






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