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Surgical Errors
Surgical Errors

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Norfolk/Virginia Beach Fighting for People Injured by Surgical Errors

A mistake during surgery can leave you with permanent disability

Undergoing surgery involves placing a significant amount of trust in your doctor and the hospital staff. It is a highly technical process that requires a special standard of care. You place your faith in the physician to follow the standards of the profession, and his/her failure to do so may place you at risk for serious long-term side effects.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we represent clients who have been injured through mistakes made during surgery. If you are suffering from permanent health problems after a botched surgery, you may be able to file a medical malpractice suit seeking compensation for your injuries.

Surgical errors are more common than many people realize

Although the majority of surgeries have no major adverse consequences for those who undergo them, a recent study found that more than 4,000 annual "never events," so called because they should never happen if medical safety standards are followed. The cost of these events has been upwards of $1.3 billion in medical malpractice compensation. Examples and the frequency of their occurrences include:

  • Operating on the wrong part of a patient’s body, an estimated 20 times per week
  • Conducting an incorrect surgical procedure on a patient, roughly 20 times per week
  • Leaving an object inside a person, an average of 39 times per week

The frequency of such errors is terrifying. If you have reason to believe that your surgery was botched through medical error, you should speak with a medical malpractice attorney about your condition.

The injuries can be serious and lifelong

The consequences of an emergency room error or a mistake that occurs in surgery are often more than temporary ill-effects. Sometimes, injuries as a result of a surgeon’s error are permanent or even fatal. Researchers have found that one-third of those so injured suffer lifelong harm as a result of violations of the standard of care in the operating room, and more than 6% lose their lives.

Typical injuries that may occur include:

  • Damage to bone
  • Blood loss
  • Anesthesia errors and neurological damage
  • Cut/severed bowel
  • Abscesses
  • Amputation
  • Nerve and muscle damage
  • Internal organ damage
  • Death

Research in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that hospitals actually profit from such errors, since they result in longer hospital stays and more care. Do not let someone else profit from a mistake that happened to you. Our attorneys can help you get compensation for trauma from surgery errors.

Contact us to find out more about the medical malpractice claims process

The law firm of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers works with clients who have been negatively affected by violations of safety rules in the operating room at hospitals or outpatient surgery centers. If you think a surgical error was made in your case, you may be entitled to legal recovery. Contact us for free at 757.455.0077 or online to schedule an appointment. You will not be billed until we get you compensation.

John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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