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Outpatient Surgery Malpractice

Outpatient surgery has become increasingly popular with patients due to the fact that it does not require an overnight stay. However, due to various factors, the risk of malpractice can be much higher with an outpatient surgery doctor than in a traditional hospital.

The Maryland medical malpractice law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton offers exemplary representation to victims of surgical negligence and other medical errors. Over 30+ years, we have recovered more than $1 billion for our clients and earned numerous accolades. Discuss a possible case of surgical malpractice during a complimentary case review.

How Outpatient Surgery Malpractice Occurs

Outpatient surgery centers are a relatively new concept, allowing patients to receive certain types of surgery without being inconvenienced with an unnecessary hospital stay. This is a particularly attractive option for individuals with busy schedules. Advances in technology and surgical techniques have made it possible to conduct certain procedures on an outpatient basis.

Due to the nature of outpatient surgery, however, certain types of malpractice are more common compared to traditional surgical procedures. Outpatient surgery centers are specialized medical facilities that may not be equipped to deal with emergencies in the same way that hospitals are. In fact, outpatient surgery centers often transport patients to nearby hospitals in the event of a life-threatening emergency.

Outpatient surgery malpractice commonly occurs during the following types of surgeries:

  • Eye surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Leg, arm, hand, or back surgery
  • Common types of outpatient surgery malpractice are:
  • Failure to diagnose complications during the surgical procedure
  • Leaving instruments, clamps, sponges, and other types of medical debris inside the patient
  • Mistakenly performing surgery on a healthy body part
  • Scalpel injuries (nicked blood vessels or nerves)
  • Administering the wrong amount of anesthesia
  • Administering the wrong medications or administering medications in the wrong doses
  • Performing surgery without proper credentials
  • Failure to clean surgical tools properly, leading to infection
  • Failure to use surgical devices properly
  • Prematurely discharging patients from the surgery center

Outpatient surgery errors can result in serious injury, disfigurement, and even death. Every year, thousands of patients are killed as a result of malpractice in outpatient surgery centers. Loved ones of outpatient surgery victims are often saddled with large funeral bills from these wrongful deaths.

Survivors of outpatient surgery malpractice typically face a recovery process that is physically and financially draining, requiring corrective surgery, physical rehabilitation, and other procedures. Survivors also run the risk of scarring, emotional distress, and unnecessary suffering, as well as lost wages and other losses.

Outpatient Surgery and Medical Malpractice

A potential case of outpatient surgery malpractice should be discussed with an attorney right away. The team of attorneys, medical investigators, and medical professionals at Schochor, Federico and Staton has the experience and resources needed to take on the most complex medical malpractice cases. We serve clients in and around Maryland, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Rockville, Annapolis, Columbia, and throughout the greater Maryland area. Find out how we can help you and your family during a free case review.

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