When a parent entrusts his or her child to the care of a physician in order for the child to undergo a necessary surgical procedure, he or she has the right to reasonably assume that medical personnel will take every precaution to protect the safety of the child. Surgical errors occur in various hospitals throughout the nation, including some in New Mexico. Serious injury can result to a patient when a member of the surgical team makes a mistake.
A recent health quality report stated that with regard to patients who die within 90 days after a surgical procedure, approximately one of every 10 of those deaths was caused by an error that could have been prevented. Some patients have suffered when a surgeon performed an operation on the wrong body part. Others have been injured or infected by surgical instruments mistakenly left inside the body after surgery.
When a person suffers the adverse effects of a surgical error, he or she is able to file a medical malpractice claim against the party or parties deemed to be at-fault. When the injured patient is a child of minor age, a parent or legal guardian may file a claim on his or her behalf. Attorneys at Harvey and Foote Law Firm are experienced surgical malpractice lawyers who can assess your case and determine what options might be available where a malpractice claim is concerned.
Those who have been victims of medical mistakes with regard to an unsuccessful operation have the right to request compensation for the damages they have suffered. Our competent attorneys have successfully negotiated many substantial surgical malpractice claims. An injured patient in New Mexico -- or a parent or guardian of a child -- who has suffered serious injury due to a surgical error may begin the process of filing a claim by contacting our law office for a consultation.