1. Suffered an injury during surgery There are inherent risks when a patient undergoes surgery. These inherent risks are known to doctors and patients should be informed of these known potential risks and reasonable alternative treatments before agreeing to undergo a particular operation or procedure. But there is no excuse for surgical errors to occur due to the negligence of the operating surgeon or support medical staff during a procedure that cause further injury, or a new injury to the patient. When errors occur during surgery, patients can be seriously injured and disabled. There are any number of preventable surgical errors and investigating the cause of an injury suffered during an operation requires an experienced medical malpractice attorney working with top flight medical experts. Simple errors like failing to identify the patient could lead to a mistaken procedure being performed, but typically, these cases are more complicated and require a thorough review of surgical technique or the recognition and treatment of complications that may arise during an operation. Patients who go into surgery should reasonably expect to leave the hospital following an operation in better condition than when they entered the operation. Any unexpected, serious injury following an operation should be discussed with a medical malpractice lawyer to determine whether it was caused by a doctor's or other health care professional's negligence. 2. Anesthesia was improperly administered during a procedure Most operations require that a patient receive some type of anesthesia as well. Anesthesia is prevents a patient from experiencing pain during the operation, and is necessary to keep a patient relaxed, sedated or unconscious during an operation. There are many types and levels of anesthesia including local anesthesia that numbs a small part of the body, regional anesthesia that blocks pain to a larger part of the body or general anesthesia which affects the brain and the rest of the body and renders the patient unconscious so they don't feel the pain of an operation. Each type of anesthesia requires careful administration to assure that the patient doesn't feel pain during the operation. The delivery of anesthesia also requires that the patient's condition be carefully monitored, especially during general anesthesia, to make sure they are pain free but also to make sure that the patient's vital signs remain stable during the surgery. When anesthesia is improperly administered, or the patient is not carefully monitored during an operation, the patient could suffer long lasting injuries and complications including not only pain but serious problems resulting, for instance, from a lack of oxygen including brain damage and other disabling injuries. When patients are injured due to improper anesthesia administration, they should consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as they are able. 3. Doctor missed, or improperly diagnosed an injury, condition, or disease With most medical conditions, timing is important. Obtaining a diagnosis and starting treatment for a medical condition sooner rather than later in many circumstances fosters a quicker and better recovery. Sometimes, doctors make an improper diagnosis, or may fail to make a diagnosis when they should. When this happens the patient suffers unduly until a proper diagnosis is made, their condition may severely deteriorate or, in some cases, they may be deprived of an opportunity for a cure. A missed or improper diagnosis allows time for the condition to get worse, and the patient suffers as a result. This is particularly true of certain cancer diagnoses, which can be treated medically or surgically if the correct diagnosis is made in a timely manner. However, if a cancer progresses too far because a doctor failed to order the tests or studies needed to make a diagnosis or misinterpreted the test results obtained, it may become untreatable. When a doctor fails to diagnose a condition, or makes an improper or untimely diagnosis, a medical malpractice lawyer may be helpful in determining if this was the result of negligent medical care. 4. Prescribed the incorrect medication When it comes to writing prescriptions, accuracy is important and there is no room for error. A patient could be prescribed the incorrect medication, an incorrect dosage, or given improper instruction on how to take the medication by a doctor or pharmacist. When any of these mistakes happen, a patient could end up suffering harm from taking the incorrect medication, the incorrect dosage, or by taking the medication by an inappropriate route of administration. Contraindications, or the prescription of a medicine that should not be used with other medicines the patient is taking, or that are, for some reason, dangerous for the patient or their condition, could cause serious harm. For instance, two medications that a patient is prescribed could be incompatible, or could cause serious side effects if taken together or the patient may be given a medication to which they are allergic. When a patient is harmed by taking a prescription medication that was improperly prescribed by a doctor, a medical malpractice attorney could be helpful in obtaining fair compensation for the resulting injuries and damages suffered by the patient. 5. Patient suffered a postoperative infection When a patient goes in for surgery, the doctors and medical staff are required to use reasonable care while performing the procedure, and this includes taking steps to protect the patient from infection. Sterile medical instruments, and bandages are supposed to be used on the patient, and medical staff are required to adhere to certain protocols regarding cleanliness and sterility of the operation environment. Additionally, if a patient is hospitalized after an operation, the patient's postoperative care is supposed to include monitoring and treating any postoperative infection that might develop. If a patient develops an injection after an operation or stay at the hospital, there may be a need to consult with a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer.