Avoiding Surgical Errors

We’ve all heard horror stories of egregious medical errors ― doctors operating on the wrong body part, on the wrong patient, or even leaving foreign objects inside of patients following surgery.  Unfortunately, these types of preventable errors are more common than we’d like to believe.  It is important to take steps to protect yourself when you are undergoing a medical procedure. However, if you believe you have been the victim of medical negligence, personal injury attorneys in Illinois can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Recent studies suggest that surgeries are performed on the wrong body part or wrong patient as many as 2,700 times per year in the United States.  There are a few precautions you can take to protect yourself against medical error:

  • State your name and birth date to all hospital personnel with whom you come into contact to avoid being confused with another patient.
  • Make sure you know the site of the surgery and insist that the surgeon who will be performing the procedure be the one to initial the site.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions or alert the medical team if something doesn’t seem right.

While it is important to take steps to protect yourself, the ultimate responsibility for patient safety falls on medical professionals and hospitals, and they must be held accountable for preventable medical errors.  If you have been the victim of medical negligence, contact Chicago malpractice lawyers to discuss your legal options.

The attorneys of Phillips Law Offices offer comprehensive legal services to malpractice victims and their families throughout Illinois.  If a loved one has been the victim of medical neglect or abuse, contact us today.