Going under the knife is associated with a number of risks. Unfortunately surgeons and medical staff can make grave errors in the surgical process that can lead to debilitating if not, life-threatening injuries.
Surgery has existed for thousands of years. In many cases, surgery can mean the difference between life and death for a patient – where other times surgery is more of an optional procedure as opposed to a necessary one. This is especially true in cases of breast reconstruction surgery or burn reconstruction surgery. Although the results may be cosmetic – the psychological benefits can be immeasurable.
As surgery can be a necessary part of life – it does not come without inherent risks. In many cases the anesthesia risks alone are enough to deter an individual from exploring surgery. Many people also have the overwhelming fear that if they undergo surgery that they will never wake up.
When people go into surgery, they are literally placing their lives in the hands of their doctor and their medical team. Although physicians normally do their best to prevent accidents – they can and do happen all the time. Even surgery isn’t safe from human error. Long surgeries, overworked doctors and nurses, and fatigue can all contribute to surgical error.
Surgical errors are not limited to surgery alone; they can involve anesthesia errors, mistakes made in pre-operative care and post-operative care. In all cases, the patient was under the care of his or her medical doctor, someone who they entrusted with their life. When surgical errors are made – the patient can suffer from temporary or permanent injuries, to even death.
We have all heard the horror stories about a surgeon leaving a knife or a sponge behind inside the patient or removing the wrong organ; unfortunately, these mistakes happen. When it comes to surgery, even the smallest mistakes such as nicking an organ or other body part can be life-threatening for the patient. When patients suffer unnecessary and preventable injuries or wrongful death from surgical errors, they may have the legal right to sue in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
A medical malpractice lawsuit pertaining to surgical errors can consist of anything ranging from anesthesia errors, to leaving something behind, to dental or plastic surgery malpractice. A personal injury attorney can help you determine if you have a valid cause for a medical malpractice claim. If they can prove negligence, you may be able to seek damages for medical expenses; any pain and suffering you have experienced and lost income. You should not be responsible for the negligence or carelessness of someone else. Do not wait to get the justice you deserve.