Surgical Errors

Statistics show about 20 million Americans undergo surgical procedures for various health conditions every year.

In 2004, the Joint Commission, a nonprofit that endorses health care organizations and programs, created the Universal Protocol, a universal surgical checklist with patient safety guidelines to prevent surgical mistakes. These include a sign-in, marking of the surgical site and a timeout to be performed before, during and after a procedure.

Yet surgical mistakes continue to occur at a rate of about 40 times per week in U.S. hospitals, estimates suggest. The exact rate of surgical errors is probably higher, as many errors go unreported by lower-level medical staff who are afraid of getting higher-level surgeons in trouble.

If you've been the victim of a surgical mistake, you can trust Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., to hold the negligent health care provider accountable for the damages you sustained in the operating room. Call 419-408-9431 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Supporting victims of medical negligence

Medical malpractice victims have the right to pursue legal action against hospitals and negligent caregivers whose substandard care led to serious surgical mistakes.

At Elk & Elk, our attorneys have pursued claims on behalf of injured patients for more than 50 years. We have experience handling surgical error claims such as:

No matter the injury, our attorneys know how to work with nurses, other medical providers, accountants and investigators who will leave no stone unturned as we assess your damages and seek the compensation that you need and deserve.

Schedule a free consultation if you were injured by a surgical mistake

We're available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you believe you have a medical malpractice claim, call us at 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a no-cost consultation.