Surgical Errors and Patient Safety

In the healthcare industry, surgical procedures are intended to be precise, meticulously planned events that offer patients the promise of improved health and well-being. However, the reality is that surgical errors can and do occur, leading to serious consequences for patients and their families. In this blog post, we will discuss the prevalence of surgical mistakes, their impact on patient safety, and the legal options available to individuals who have suffered injuries due to such errors.


The Prevalence of Surgical Errors

Surgical errors include a wide range of mistakes that can occur before, during, or after a surgical procedure. These errors may include misdiagnosis, anesthesia mistakes, wrong-site surgeries, and postoperative complications. While it is important to note that the majority of surgical procedures are conducted successfully, even a small percentage of errors can result in serious harm to patients.


Impact on Patient Safety

The consequences of surgical errors can be devastating, affecting patients physically, emotionally, and financially. Physical harm may range from infections and organ damage to permanent disability or, in the worst cases, loss of life. Additionally, the emotional toll on patients and their families can be extreme, as they struggle with the aftermath of unexpected complications and the potential long-term effects on their quality of life.

Patient safety is a cornerstone of healthcare, and surgical errors compromise the trust patients place in medical professionals. Some patients have to undergo the trauma of repeated surgeries as subsequent providers try to resolve the damage from the initial error. This can extend the recovery period for months, or even years, and result in the patient’s financial ruin. 


Legal Options for Individuals

In the face of surgical errors, individuals who have suffered injuries have legal recourse to seek compensation for the harm they have endured. Legal actions may be pursued on the grounds of medical malpractice, a legal concept that holds healthcare professionals accountable for substandard care that leads to patient harm.



Surgical errors pose a significant threat to patient safety, highlighting the need for continuous improvement within the healthcare system. While the majority of surgical procedures are successful, the consequences of even a small percentage of mistakes can be serious. Patients who have suffered injuries due to surgical errors have legal options available to them, and seeking the assistance of experienced injury lawyers is a crucial step towards obtaining justice and rightful compensation.


At Vames, Wang & Sosa, we stand as advocates for patient rights, committed to providing compassionate and effective legal representation. In the pursuit of justice, we work tirelessly to ensure that those affected by surgical errors receive the compensation they deserve and contribute to the broader effort to enhance patient safety in the medical field.


If you or a loved one has experienced the devastating consequences of surgical errors, don’t navigate the legal complexities alone. Our commitment to justice and experience in medical malpractice cases make us the ally you need in your pursuit of legal recourse. Contact us today at 503-669-3426 for a confidential consultation, and let us help you on the path to recovery and justice.

Emery Wang

Emery Wang

Emery Wang has been a lawyer in Oregon since 2009. While attending Lewis & Clark law school, Emery worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney, and since then has been a full time personal injury lawyer.

Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers focus on vehicle crashes, personal injury, and first-party car accident insurance claims. They have offices located in Gresham and Hillsboro.

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