Surgical Injuries


Whether related to error of an attending surgeon, a surgical resident, anesthesiologist or nursing staff, surgical errors and injuries occur far too often. At Owens, McCrea & Linscott, our lawyers understand the nature of surgical errors, and we can help if you or a family member has suffered a serious or catastrophic injury as the result of surgical error in Idaho or Washington.

Every time a surgical procedure is performed, there are known risks related to the procedure. Some injuries or complications during surgery occur without negligence on the part of the medical providers or the hospital where the surgery took place. When surgery is elective, a patient must be told the risks to make an informed decision about whether to consent to the surgery. If elective surgery was consented to, knowing the risks, even a tragic result might not warrant a medical malpractice claim.

Unfortunately, there are times when the risk of a surgery was not fully disclosed or an attending medical provider or resident student acted negligently. Although many times the surgical error is apparent to the surgeon, it is not described or contained in the dictated operative note. Therefore, even a thorough examination of the records may not reveal whether there was a deviation from the standard of care, causing injury. At Owens & Crandall, our medical malpractice attorneys are familiar with the standard of care in an operating room, and we can help you determine whether or not you have a claim for a surgical injury.

If you or a loved one may have been injured as a result of surgical error in Idaho or Washington, please contact our attorneys today so we can help you decide what to do.