Surgical Errors: Medical Malpractice Damages and Recovery
Undergoing a surgical procedure can be frightening. As a patient under anesthesia, everything is out of your control. The only thing you can do is trust that the surgeon in charge of your case and his or her medical team and staff are following the peer-approved standard medical practice during the procedures and treatment. You must trust that they are not going to deviate from these standards and harm you as a result.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Physicians do not always provide the level of care the patient deserves. All too often, they are negligent in how they treat you or oversee your treatment. They breach their duty of care by disregarding acceptable standards of care. Surgery-related negligence can happen at any time you are under the doctor’s care, including before, during, and after surgery.
A Colorado Springs personal injury attorney can discuss the specifics of your circumstances and help you determine if you have a case to go forward with a claim for medical malpractice. While it is in no way exhaustive, the following sets forth some information regarding common errors that occur in surgery to help you understand the kinds of actions that can give rise to a medical malpractice claim connected with a surgical procedure.
Surgical Medical Malpractice Examples
The following lists some of the most common types of surgical errors that can give rise to a claim for medical malpractice.
- Amputating the wrong limb
- Birth injuries
- Improper anesthesia given
- Leaving surgical instruments in the body
- Using contaminated blood
- Improper diagnosis and care after surgery
- Failure to diagnose and address post-operative complications
Repercussions of Medical Malpractice
Patients who have been harmed by medical malpractice experience physical, emotional, and economic loss. Some even lose their lives, leaving behind families who depended on them for companionship and emotional and financial support.
Some of the damages that surgical patients and their families could face include the need for prolonged and often uncomfortable or even painful additional treatment. A victim of surgical malpractice could end up with permanent injuries, could lose bodily functions, and be permanently disfigured. Along with experiencing pain and suffering from the medical malpractice, the patient victimized by medical malpractice could also face severe financial repercussions. He or she could end up with exorbitant medical bills, and they might be temporarily or permanently unable to go back to work, left wondering how to pay their bills without the ability to earn income.
How a Colorado Springs Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you believe you have been the victim of a surgical error, you have a right to be compensated for the damages you incurred as a result of the medical malpractice. It is important to see a lawyer who can evaluate your case as soon as possible as there are time limits on how long you have the right to sue.
Contact the Colorado Sprints personal injury attorneys at Levine Law for a free case evaluation, either by phone at 719-471-3000 or visit us online.