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Cardiovascular Surgery Errors

Cardiovascular surgery malpractice occurs when a heart surgeon, anesthesiologist, or other surgery team member acts negligently and causes injury to a patient. Surgical errors, anesthesia mistakes, improper blood transfusions, lack of informed consent, and preventable infections can all constitute malpractice during open heart and vascular surgery procedures. 

About Cardiovascular Surgery Errors 

Cardiovascular surgeries like coronary artery bypass, valve repair and replacement, aortic aneurysm procedures, and other open-heart operations require highly complex medical care. Even minor mistakes made before, during, or after surgery can lead to catastrophic bleeding, stroke, organ failure, paralysis, coma, or wrongful death. 

Surgeons operating while impaired, utilizing improper techniques, damaging blood vessels, or nicking internal organs demonstrate negligence that can leave patients severely harmed. 

Who is Liable?

There are several different parties who may share liability when substandard medical care during a cardiovascular surgery leads to patient injury or death, including: 

  • Surgeons - The surgeons performing the procedure could be sued for surgical negligence if improper technique, errors, or lack of responsiveness during surgery causes harm. Surgeon negligence is the most common claim in cardiology malpractice lawsuits. 
  • Anesthesiologists - Anesthesia providers who administer too much sedation, fail to properly monitor vitals, or make other mistakes leading to injury can be held medically and legally accountable. Lack of oxygen to the brain due to anesthesia error is a major risk. 
  • Nurses - OR nurses and surgical assistants who contaminate sterile equipment, allow mistakes to occur, or fail to advocate for the patient when something is going wrong may share liability. 
  • Hospital & Surgical Centers - The facility where the surgery occurred can be sued for unsafe conditions, understaffing, hiring negligent practitioners, or failing to develop adequate policies and procedures to prevent errors.

Call the Porter Law Group Today 

The accomplished medical malpractice attorneys at Porter Law Group have helped numerous clients hold negligent heart surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and hospitals accountable following botched open-heart surgeries, surgical infections, anesthesia mistakes, and other cardiovascular negligence.

At the Porter Law Group, we have the dedication and resources to stand up successfully against even the most powerful hospital corporations.

If you or a loved one suffered preventable injury or loss due to incompetent care before, during, or after cardiovascular surgery, contact the Porter Law Group today for a free consultation and case evaluation. We work on a contingency basis, so there's no fee unless you win.

Last Updated on January 24, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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