Learning that you need surgery is never good news. Any type of surgery can prove stressful—for both the mind and body. The stress of knowing the inherent risks of anesthesia and surgical procedures can plague you for days before the procedure, and recovery from surgery can hurt and tax your physical and mental states.
One thing you should trust is that your surgeon is capable and attentive and will not make any errors during a surgery that result in unexpected complications and injuries. Unfortunately, too many surgical patients learn the hard way that surgical errors do occur and can result in long-term and costly losses.
If your surgeon made a mistake that caused you injury, always discuss your legal rights with an attorney who has experience handling this type of case. Complex, technical medical malpractice claims require particular knowledge of this area of law. The Hughey Law Firm has represented the rights of clients who suffered surgical injuries in both South Carolina and Georgia, so please call to discuss your legal options today.
Much can go wrong during major operations, but even minimally invasive, relatively minor surgeries can go wrong due to doctor error. For example, laparoscopic gallbladder removal has been the subject of surgical error cases more and more. Surgeons use a small incision and special tools to remove a gallbladder with minimal bleeding and recovery time. However, mistakes can cause toxic bile to leak into a patient’s abdomen, leaving gallbladder removal patients with life-threatening medical conditions that can require extended hospitalizations, additional surgeries, and even lifelong damage.
Gallbladder removal surgery is only one example of when a surgical error can lead to costly, painful, and even frightening medical complications. Additional injuries that can result from surgical or post-surgical mistakes include:
Some surgical patients suffer complications and injuries simply due to their body’s reaction to a procedure. If an injury could not have been avoided and is not the fault of a surgeon or member of the surgical team, a patient is generally responsible for the costs of treating those injuries.
On the other hand, numerous surgical injuries take place because a medical professional made some type of serious error during the surgical process. Everyone makes honest mistakes—but when a doctor’s mistake breaches the duty of care owed to a patient, it constitutes medical malpractice. Victims of such medical malpractice have important legal rights to hold the doctor accountable for the costs of their injuries.
Examples of surgical errors that may constitute medical malpractice follow:
If your doctor has made a serious surgical error due to negligence, you can file an insurance claim or a lawsuit for medical malpractice to seek compensation for your many losses. Such losses can include:
Surgical injuries can cause lasting scars—physically, emotionally, and financially. You should hold any negligent medical professional fully liable for your injuries and your losses. Medical malpractice cases are complex and often require expert opinions and other resources, but the Hughey Law Firm has the tools to help you. Call a surgical error attorney today at (843) 881-8644 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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