Surgical Errors

Surgical errors can happen in many different ways, under many different circumstances.  As many as 100,000 occur each year.  In some cases, surgical mistakes are made when a doctor performs a procedure at the wrong site, or on the wrong arm, leg, knee, hand or shoulder.  Surgical errors also occur when a doctor performs a procedure on the wrong organ or body system.  While rare, surgical procedures have also been performed on the wrong person.

The results of surgical errors can be serious, disabling and disfiguring.  Surgical errors are frequently associated with nerve damage, organ damage, infection, scarring, loss of range of motion, loss of sensation, paralysis and death.  Surgical errors can happen for any or no reason.  Healthcare providers are human and can be tired, distracted and rushed.  They can misunderstand information, or fail to communicate altogether. Regardless, most surgical errors or mistakes are grounded in medical negligence and can or should be avoided. The most common surgical errors include:

  • wrong-site surgery;
  • improper surgical procedure;
  • instruments left behind;
  • surgery not relating to diagnosis;
  • surgery on the wrong person; and
  • damage caused by surgery.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice cases involving surgical errors.  If you or a loved one have been injured due to medical malpractice, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. 

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at