• May
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Complications after Surgery: Can You Sue for Medical Malpractice?

    Whenever you go in for surgery, you are supposed to have a conversation in which your physician warns you of all of the risks. Sometimes the doctor treats it very seriously and sometimes they make the conversation seem offhand, but the conversation is important: it’s known as informed consent, and it’s meant to make sure that you know that even the most routine surgery has its risks. You are also asked to sign off on a form saying that you understand those risks, but what happens if you end up suffering severe complications? Can you sue for medical malpractice?

    It all depends on what caused the injury and whether you suffered any actual damages as a result of the complication. In order to be classified as medical malpractice, you need to prove that your injury was caused by negligence, and that is not always the case. Sometimes there is something wrong with the patient that would have been impossible to anticipate, and sometimes mistakes happen no matter how much care is exercised. It is also true that when a patient has complications that do not lead to increased medical expenses, loss of ability, pain or suffering, a medical malpractice claim is not appropriate.

    If, however, you have suffered real damages following a deficit in a physician’s level of attention and care, you are not alone. Statistics show that preventable medical mistakes and infections lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, and even more injuries and complications. If this has happened to you, you may be able to sue for negligence and medical malpractice. Doing so successfully means you will be able to hold the physician legally and financially responsible for both the economic and non-economic damages you have suffered.

    There are many different types of injuries that can occur during surgery which may be caused by negligence. Serious infections are a common example, but other surgical errors and mistakes that have been reported include patients suffering stroke or heart attack as a result of a physician’s failure to monitor their vital statistics; complications from anesthesia; surgical instruments and tools left in patients; accidental damage to internal organs; operating on the wrong body part or performing the wrong surgery; improper medication prescriptions post-surgery.

    If you have suffered an injury as a result of routine surgery, you need to speak to an experienced attorney who can advise you about your rights. Contact us today to set up a free consultation and learn about your options.

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