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The high risk of surgical errors

At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid in Illinois, we understand that having to undergo surgery is a very significant event in your life. All surgical procedures, even those described as minor or routine, have known risks. Sometimes, however, a surgery “goes bad” for reasons having nothing to do with known risks.

For instance, medical negligence and/or substandard care can result in a wide range of avoidable patient injuries during or following surgery, including the following:

  • Reaction to anesthesia, its improper administration, or the use of the wrong anesthesia
  • Perforation or other damage to internal organs
  • Damage to a healthy body part because the operation was performed on the wrong limb or organ
  • Postoperative infections brought about by unsterile conditions, leaving a surgical instrument or other object inside the patient, inadequate postoperative monitoring, and other preventable medical errors

Doctor-specific surgical errors

ProPublica recently did an analysis of the complication rates of 17,000 U.S. surgeons. Using Medicare data on elective surgeries, what they found was that about 11 percent of the surgeons accounted for approximately 25 percent of the complications. Many of these surgeons had complication rates double and triple the national average. Many worked at highly regarded hospitals and medical centers. They also found that neither the government nor a majority of hospitals track the surgical complication rates of individual surgeons, making it difficult if not impossible for you to make a realistic informed decision on which surgeon you want to perform your operation and at which hospital you will receive the best care.

The American College of Surgeons says that surgeons are responsible for all aspects of their patients’ care from preoperative examinations and tests to postoperative monitoring. If you are a prospective surgical patient, it makes good sense to do your research and “shop around” for the best surgeon available for your type of operation. Do not be afraid to ask lots of questions. Or as one person in ProPublica’s study put it, “I’d rather be a difficult live patient than a compliant dead patient.” For more information on this subject, please visit this page on our website.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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