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Attention to detail can prevent surgical errors

April 24th, 2019

Bringing a child into the world is often referred to as one of the happiest moments in a woman’s life and after the birth the mother’s first concern is for the health of her child. Fingers and toes are frequently counted to make sure there are 10. When a child’s health is in jeopardy or an illness has been diagnosed, there is little a parent won’t do to help the child in Louisiana. Parents will look to the best physicians available to care for their child. If surgery is required, the possibility of surgical errors will probably be far from a parent’s mind.

A case in another state involves a highly-regarded pediatric surgeon who is facing charges of gross negligence and incompetence by the State Department of Health. The incidents that caused the charges to be brought against her occurred between 2010 and 2012. The cases involved five young patients, and the doctor is accused of failing to exercise appropriate caution and care.

In one case the surgeon performed a colostomy on a 6-year-old child but performed the surgery on the wrong end of the organ. Another case involved a surgery on a 6-month-old infant. The issue was that the surgeon had already performed the procedure some months prior but had failed to document it.

To do any job well requires attention to detail. That is certainly true in the medical field where failure to pay attention to detail can cause catastrophic results. People trust their loved ones to skilled surgeons in Louisiana with an expectation that the surgeon will do everything in his or her power to help a loved one. A person who believes those expectations were not met and where a surgery did not yield the anticipated outcome may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can review the facts of the case and help to determine if surgical errors may have occurred.

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