Medical malpractice can occur in the context of surgery. The type and consequences surgical malpractice is extremely varied, but may include the following :
- Wrong site/Wrong patient surgery
This should never occur, but it still happens with frightening regularity. Every hospital should have in place procedures to verify the identity of the patient, the nature of the surgery to be performed and, if appropriate, the correct side on which surgery is to be performed. Surgery on the wrong patient or on the wrong body part is always negligence.
- Perforations of uninvolved organs
Other structures, such as bowels, bladder, kidney, etc. can and do get perforated during surgery. If discovered promptly and fixed, these inadvertent perforations or nicks usually don’t cause any problems. If not discovered and fixed, they can lead to life-threatening infections.
- Lacerations of nerves, tendons or other structures
Anytime a surgeon is cutting in an area where such structures are found, he or she has a duty to identify and protect those structures. Failure to do so may be negligence.
- Post surgery infections
While infection may be a known risk of surgery, it doesn’t mean that acquiring a post-surgical infection “just happens.” A thorough review of your medical records by an experienced medical malpractice lawyer may reveal the cause of the infection or the failure to timely diagnose it.
- Instruments left behind
Like wrong site or wrong patient surgeries, this should never happen. Failure to account for every sponge, clamp, needle and other instrument is negligence. If you suspect that you have been the victim of surgical negligence, contact medical malpractice attorney Todd Hendrickson immediately. Accepting cases throughout St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois.
What to do if you suspect neglect.
What to do if you suspect neglect: Immediately begin to take notes and record important events such as surgeries, tests, reports of labs. Make notes of the names of the doctors, nurses and other health care providers involved. Ask questions—why did this happen? What is the treatment? What's next? Try to have a family member present when you speak to doctors about your care. If you are hospitalized, you may want to consider transferring to another facility. And most important, contact a qualified medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
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