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Can I sue a hospital if I was burned in a surgical fire?

Yes, you can sue Michigan hospital if you suffer burn injuries in a surgical fire. Depending on the type of surgery the patient is undergoing in the operating room will determine if a patient is at high risk for a surgical fire. Three elements are often present when a surgical fire occurs. They include an ignition source, such as a laser, a fuel source, such as surgical drapes, and an oxidizer.

If the hospital or doctor fails to assess the likelihood of a surgical fire and take necessary precautions to prevent injury or harm to the patient, medical malpractice has taken place. The failure to prevent a fire during surgery can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit, and if you suffer serious burn injuries due to the surgical fire you do have the right to sue the Michigan hospital.

Lawrence J. Buckfire
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