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Surgical Errors Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA

The Pittsburgh surgical error attorneys at Chaffin Luhana represent patients who are injured due to mistakes made before, during or shortly after surgery. If you feel that you or someone you love has suffered pain, infection, or other injuries because of surgical mistakes, contact us today.

Preventable mistakes made before, during or after surgery can have devastating, life-threatening consequences. Examples of surgical errors include:

  • Perforations of vital organs, muscles and tissue that can lead to severe infection and other serious injuries such as nerve damage, paralysis and brain damage
  • Anesthesia errors that can lead to oxygen deprivation, coma and death
  • Leaving a surgical tool such as a sponge inside a patient, which can cause severe bleeding, infection and perforations
  • Improper placement of breathing tubes can cause permanent brain damage or death
  • Blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis)

Mistakes can also be made if a surgeon misreads a surgical or medical chart. For example, a surgeon may operate on the wrong body part or on the wrong patient all together.

What You Can Do Before Surgery

Surgical mistakes can cost a patient his or her life. Some things you can do to help prevent mistakes from happening include:

  • Check out your surgeon before undergoing surgery: ask him or her questions about your surgery such as how many of these procedures he or she has performed.
  • Make sure the nurses know your full name and what type of surgery you are having to make sure you are in the right place.
  • Ask your surgeon to confirm the surgery site before beginning so you can rest assured that he or she will be operating on the right body part.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. For example, ask questions like, can you eat or drink before the procedure?

These are just some things you can do to put yourself at ease before surgery. But, if something does go wrong and you are injured during surgery, or if someone you love dies during or after surgery due to a severe infection or internal bleeding, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help determine whether medical malpractice occurred and can help you collect compensation for your suffering.

To speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney in the Ohio Valley area, contact us at Chaffin Luhana.

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“My father was a union witness at an arbitration in a steel mill. After the hearing, my father, dressed in blue jeans and a sweatshirt, stuck out his hand to shake hands with the company’s lawyer. The lawyer refused. The lawyer was not upset because my dad got the best of him but because he frowned upon working class people. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. My dad used this story to remind me to respect others, to remember where I came from and as an example of how not to conduct myself as a lawyer.”

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