Minneapolis – St. Paul Surgical Fires Caused by Minnesota Medical Malpractice

Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota Medical Malpractice Attorney Warns about dangers and consequences of Surgical Fires


It may sound like an absurd type of medical malpractice, but surgical fires do occur at a rate of almost two a day in just the United States.  While even that sounds like a low number, the damages in a surgical fire are catastrophic and commonly fatal.  This is because burns to the inside of a patient and on the vital organs or structures can create immediately complications.  However, most patients do not realize they were involved in a surgical fire because they are anesthetized.  Many times a hospital or surgical team will even hide this type of medical malpractice.


Here at Kuhlman Law, LLC, we know what the signs of a surgical fire are and how it can cause permanent and irreparable damage.  If you or a loved one have unexplained injuries after a surgery, particularly burns, blisters, or the need for a skin graft, call us for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation.


What Are Surgical Fires and How do They Happen?


A surgical fire is just what it sounds like.  It is any fire that occurs during a surgical procedure.  These fires can occur both while operating on the patient but also while in the operating room but not directly while working on the patient.


Surgical fires happen when the surgical team fails to take simple precautions.  Like any other fire, a surgical fire requires an ignition source, oxidizer, and fuel source.  It is commonly known as the triangle to make fire.  For instance, in a surgery the ignition source could be a cauterizing laser.  An oxidization could be oxygen or nitrous oxide which are both used on patients during an operation.  And the fuel source could be surgical lap panels or bandages.  When these three meet, a fire will be created and harm a victim.


Signs that You Were Injured in a Surgical Fire Caused by Minnesota Medical Malpractice


Surgical fires occur during surgeries when the patient will be anesthetized and unable to know what happened.  Therefore, you may now always know when it occurs and be able to fight for your rights unless you know all of the important signs of a surgical fire.


Some common injuries which indicate you may have been involved in a surgical fire include the following:


  • Unexplained burns;
  • Skin grafts;
  • Blisters;
  • Stitches in areas not where the surgery was performed;
  • Loss of hair in areas near the surgery;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Skin damage;
  • Need for aloe and other creams;
  • Unexplained injuries;
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Other similar injuries.


Surgical Fires Require Kuhlman Law, LLC to Zealously Represent You


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  We will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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