Hello. My name is Dennis Lansdowne. I'm a partner here at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber.
Bleeding after an operation is a common complication. Most of the time, this bleeding is appropriately acted upon and does not pose a significant risk for the patient. However, if the signs and symptoms of bleeding are not acted upon diligently, this bleeding can become a life-threatening situation for the patient. Our firm has represented many patients and the families of patients who have suffered catastrophic injury or death because the signs and symptoms of bleeding were not acted upon in a timely manner.
Many times, the reason for this is that the doctors left to monitor the patient after surgery are the least experienced doctors in training. These resident physicians are often overworked with too many hours worked in a row and too many patient responsibilities. Doctors and nurses on a post-surgical floor must be aware of the common signs and symptoms of bleeding. Those symptoms are an elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure, low urine output, or pain that is unexplained from some other source.
If the doctors and nurses are not adequately monitoring you or a loved one, you must make them aware. Over 90,000 people die every year in our hospitals due to medical negligence. Be proactive. Protect yourself and your family.