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Maine Surgical Complication Attorneys

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 50 million surgical procedures were conducted in the U.S. during the past year. Not all of them were successful. According to the Institute of Medicine, nearly 98,000 people are killed each year as the result of a complication that arose during a surgery -- and which could have been avoided if the doctor, nurse or staff member had performed at an acceptable standard of care.

At Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, we have years of experience with representing clients in medical malpractice claims including those that arise before, during and after the surgical procedure is performed. Among the most common surgical complications are:

  • Unnecessary, delayed or needlessly prolonged surgery;
  • Health-care professionals’ inexperience with the procedure;
  • Anesthesia errors;
  • Use of equipment that was not sterilized;
  • Incorrect incisions, punctures or lacerations;
  • Leaving medical tools or sponges in the patient’s body;
  • Failing to monitor the patient after the procedure is completed;
  • Performing surgery on the wrong body part.

Some procedures carry a higher risk of surgical complications that arise from error, including childbirth procedures, heart surgery, chest surgery, Lasik eye surgery, gastric bypass surgery and certain cosmetic surgeries.

The results can be devastating, ranging from blood clots to brain damage to death.

A medical malpractice claim in Maine must be filed within three years after the date of the act or omission that caused the injury. When the claim is based on the leaving of a foreign object in the body, however, the clock does not start ticking until the patient discovers or reasonably should have discovered the harm.

Since 1853, we have been an integral part of Maine, building strong relationships and contributing to the communities we serve.  We fight to protect the rights of injured people and their families.  In addition to cases handled in the Lewiston-Auburn area, we are prepared to handle negligence claims on behalf of clients in Portland, Biddeford, Bangor, Augusta, Waterville, Rockland, and other Maine communities.

If you or a family member has suffered injury as the result of a surgical error, contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online to learn more about your legal options.