It’s no wonder why patients always seem to do whatever it takes to avoid undergoing a surgery, regardless of whether it is minor or major. The mere thought of having to lie down and allow some stranger to operate on you is daunting and repulsive to say the least.

And while the vast majority of surgeries go smooth (if you take the patient’s emotional stress out of the equation, of course), let’s not deny the fact that there are also many surgeries that go wrong.

The effects of accidental punctures and lacerations

More often than not, surgeons only cut where they are supposed to cut when cutting into the inside of a patient’s body during a surgery. Occasionally, however, surgeons unintentionally make cuts in the wrong places, causing injury and harm to the patient as well as leaving behind permanent scars.

Our Philadelphia accidental puncture and laceration attorney from The Weitz Firm, LLC, is committed to helping patients protect their rights and ensure that they get compensated for any harm and damages suffered as a result of medical and surgical errors in Pennsylvania.

While accidental puncture wounds and lacerations during a surgery are called “accidental” or “unintentional” in no way does it mean that you will not be able to hold the negligent, careless, inattentive or inexperienced surgeon responsible for cutting in the wrong area of your body.

Accidental lacerations and puncture wounds are considered a deviation from the acceptable standards of care, which is one of the elements of any medical malpractice claim in Pennsylvania and all across the U.S.

Complications that can arise after an accidental laceration or puncture

Depending on various factors in your case, you may face the following complications after a surgeon accidentally cuts in the wrong place of your body:

  • The need to prolong the ongoing surgery or schedule a new one so that the surgeon can repair the damage caused by his or her surgical mistake;
  • The need for increased observation and nursing care, since unintentional cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds may cause internal bleeding or infection;
  • If internal bleeding resulted in blood loss, you may need a blood transfusion to survive; and
  • Loss of consciousness, the risk of coma, and even death.

Settling a medical malpractice claim for unintentional laceration and puncture wound

Fact: Did you know that a surgeon is required to report any surgical errors that occur during surgery? That includes reporting any unintentional cuts, lacerations, or punctures made during the procedure.

Accidental punctures and lacerations during surgery should be avoided at all cost not only because they leave behind permanent scarring or, in some cases, can result in disfigurement, but also because they expose the patient to an increased risk of such post-surgery complications as internal bleeding and infections.

“In addition to that,” continues our experienced accidental puncture and laceration attorney in Philadelphia, “Injuries caused by unintentional puncture wounds and lacerations can prolong the patient’s recovery, resulting in damages such as loss of income, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and many more. All these things must be taken into account prior to settling a medical malpractice claim.”

How much is your case worth?

Depending on the severity of injury caused by accidental cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds, your settlement could total hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the most extreme cases, patients are able to sue negligent surgeons to recover millions of dollars in compensation.

Get in touch with our medical malpractice lawyers at The Weitz Firm, LLC, to determine the value of your case. You deserve to be compensation for all the damages caused by this preventable type of medical malpractice. Call our offices at 267-587-6240 to schedule a free consultation.

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