Delicate medical procedures like surgeries require the utmost care by the entire operating team. Any slip-ups at any stage can be deadly to the patient. Unfortunately, negligence often plays out during surgery, with thousands of cases reported annually.
Mistakes can happen before, during or after the surgery, resulting in untold pain and suffering for the victims. Surgical errors may also have ripple effects on your career, quality of life and even relationships with family and friends. Imagine having to live with a disability due to a wrongful amputation or developing mental issues due to blunders in the operating room.
Common surgical errors
Many things can go wrong during surgery. Some possible scenarios include:
- A patient file mix-up leading to an operation on the wrong body part
- Anesthesia errors where too little or too much of the drug is administered
- Forgetting surgical instruments in the patient after the operation
- Post-operative infections due to lack of proper care
- Nerve damages during surgery
All these possibilities point to negligence, which is inexcusable. Doctors, surgeons and all other healthcare providers must provide their patients with reasonable care in line with medical professional standards.
You deserve compensation following surgical negligence
Negligence by the surgeon or any member of the surgical team is not part of the risk normally associated with every surgery. Therefore, you ought to hold the negligent party accountable. You deserve justice if you develop complications shortly after surgery or were victim to other forms of surgical malpractice.
You may have a valid claim, but medical malpractice claims can get tricky due to the complexity of the field and the legal technicalities involved. Getting appropriate help to guide you through the claims process and protect your interests may be beneficial to securing a fair settlement for the damages you suffered.