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By definition, a procedure is a series of steps taken to achieve a desired result. In a medical procedure, a desired result may include a cure, the reduction or elimination of pain, restoring function or arresting the progress of disease. Results cannot always be guaranteed, but correctly following procedures should not cause more harm or create complications. When a procedural mistake on the part of a physician or surgeon, nurse or other medical professional causes complications or side effects, worsens your condition or creates new health problems, you have the right to be compensated for your damages.
At the Franklin Law Group, a premiere medical malpractice law firm in Louisville, we put our team to work to ensure your financial needs are met, and that the settlement you receive takes into account all your present and future medical costs, loss of income and earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
What is the difference between a surgical error and a procedural error, and what causes a procedural error? A procedural error during surgery may happen, for instance, when a preoperative checklist is not followed. However, medical procedure errors can occur in a wide range of healthcare procedures, and may stem from anything from miscommunication to incomplete charts.
In 1999, the Committee on Quality of Health Care in America defined a medical error as “The failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim. Errors can include problems in practice, products, procedures and systems.”
In hospitals and other healthcare settings, procedures are in place for everything from taking patient information and administering medications to monitoring a patient’s condition and responding to emergencies. Procedural errors that commonly lead to serious harm include:
Determining liability in a procedural error case is complicated. Physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists and hospital or facility administrators may be among the responsible parties. With more than 40 years of experience in helping people, throughout Kentucky, who have been harmed because of medical negligence, the attorneys at the Franklin Law Group have the skills and resources to determine responsibility and properly value your claim.
You may be entitled to receive damages to help you cover medical expenses, lost wages and funds you will need to provide for your family while you heal. We can help. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us online or call us at 502.637.6000. All cases are taken on contingency.
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