Surgical errors are a risk every patient faces but shouldn’t have to worry about.
Doctors who take the time to prepare and teams of nurses working with
them should be ready and willing to take the steps required to perform
a perfect surgery. While patients may suffer from unexpected complications
that aren’t a result of the doctor’s care, there is also a
risk of suffering from complications as a result of mistakes made due
to human error. For example, leaving a sponge in a person could mean having
to have a second operation to get it out after realizing the patient has
developed an infection.
There are a few main risks you face any time you enter a hospital and require
surgery. These include receiving the wrong dosages of medications or the
wrong medications, suffering from post-op pneumonia or a hospital-spread
infection, suffering from a blood clot or bleeding following surgery or
having complications as a result of anesthesia. Most of these risks can
be mitigated with a medical team that is dedicated to patient care.
For your case, you could show that you suffered a hospital-borne illness
as a result of a nurse or doctor failing to sterilize needles or parts
of your hospital room. You could show you lost blood because of a surgical
error during which a surgeon forgot to stitch part of your wound. You
might show that anesthesia given inaccurately caused you to wake up and
feel your entire operation. These are all major concerns and ones that
others should take seriously. You can file a claim if they happen to you,
and your attorney can help you understand what to expect. Our website
has more information on what to do next.