Having a surgical procedure in Louisiana can be a frightening experience for the person having the surgery and their family. While most surgeries are performed successfully by the medical staff and surgeon, there can unfortunately be instances of surgical errors that lead to injuries and death. This is true whether it is a minor procedure or a major one. If a person has suffered an injury, illness or condition after a surgery and suffered damage or even died, it is important for the person and his or her family to understand their rights to pursue a lawsuit.

There are numerous ways in which a surgical mistake can come about. It is suggested that a surgical staff have a checklist of what to do through every part of the surgery — before, during and after. If this checklist is deviated from, it can result in a mistake. This must be investigated to determine how and why it happened, and can be vital when the people who were hurt or affected consider a legal filing.

Medical errors are considered one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Some mistakes are more common than others. Doctors might leave a piece of surgical equipment — a scissors, a sponge — inside a patient causing damage and illness; the wrong body part might be operated on; there could be the wrong procedure done; procedures that were not necessary nor advisable could have been recommended and done; there might have been a mistake with the anesthetic; damage could have occurred while the surgery was taking place; there could have been a preventable infection after the procedure and more.

Any mistake made during surgery can have a domino effect on a person’s life. The hospital stay could be extended, long-term damage can occur, the person could miss time at work or need to be cared for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or there can even be a fatality. One of the most important factors in a legal case is the evidence. If there is a belief that medical errors were the cause of a loved one being hurt or dying, discussing the case with an attorney who practices in the field of medical malpractice is imperative.