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Doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals are relied upon to make quick decisions before, during and after surgery that can determine a patient’s health for years to come. But for any number of reasons, potentially life-threatening complications can arise during surgery due to human factors that are ultimately avoidable. When that happens, the attorneys at Deratany & Kosner hold the negligent parties accountable.

Surgical mistakes are one of the most serious types of medical malpractice cases. Examples of surgical mistakes include:

  • Use of improperly sterilized equipment
  • Operating on the wrong body part or patient
  • Negligent amputation
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Unsanitary conditions that lead to infection
  • Leaving surgical tools inside a patient’s body cavity

A surgical mistake can result in years of health complications, further medical procedures and an inability to return life back to normal. In some instances, a surgical error may be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit if a loved one’s injuries prove to be fatal. Our experienced legal team can help hold surgeons responsible and fight for the compensation you deserve.

Surgical mistakes can be made in the operating room for any number of reasons. Hospital staff may lack the training necessary to successfully perform a particular operation on a patient. There may have been poor communication on the surgical team. Long hours, staffing issues and workplace stress may cause a surgeon to make an error while performing surgery. The surgeon may have acted recklessly. Or a surgeon or surgical assistant may simple be inattentive. Any one of these reasons amounts to negligence. That is never OK.


When you undergo surgery, you put your health – and your life – in the hands of the surgeon and the entire surgical team. You trust that they will take every step needed to make sure you stay healthy and safe. When negligence causes further injury, or death, the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Deratany & Kosner hold negligent parties responsible.

Our attorneys do a thorough investigation of the surgery. We will be relentless in our search for evidence of negligence that led to your injury. This often involves reviewing all medical records and talking with witnesses. It means consulting with medical experts and getting second opinions.

When we find evidence of negligence, we will file a legal claim to help you get compensation for your injuries. In many cases, we can accomplish this through negotiations with the insurance company. In some cases, we will have to fight your case in court. Our attorneys know what it takes to be successful with medical malpractice claims, and we have the results to prove it.


Our goal is always to get you the compensation you deserve. We take many factors into account when determining how much that is. This includes your medical expenses and how the surgical mistake has affected your life and your family. In general, victims of surgical mistakes can seek compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, as well as damages for permanent disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and emotional distress.

If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, contact a medical malpractice attorney in Chicago who will work relentlessly to recover the compensation you need. In addition to medical expenses, you may be entitled to damages such as loss of enjoyment of life, physical and mental pain and suffering and loss of future earning capacity, among other damages.

If you’ve been the victim of a surgical mistake, contact one of our attorneys for a free case consultation. You can call us at 800-529-7285.

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