Most people do not look forward to going to the doctor, much less visiting a surgeon. We know this – most surgeries are performed by highly skilled professionals and staff and end with the results you were looking for. From simple procedures like biopsies to complicated heart and brain surgeries, millions of people in the US undergo some form of operation each year.
But what happens when the negligence of a surgeon or surgical staff causes you or a loved one harm?
Surgical mistakes do happen. When they do, you can count on the Weitz Firm to provide you with a knowledgeable and experienced surgical malpractice attorney in Camden.
You may have heard of the “never event” that can occur during surgery. Like their name implies, these are events that should never happen. Here are some examples:
These are all horrible things that can happen. More that 4,000 preventable mistakes occur each year in surgery, but these numbers are vastly underreported.
Because most surgeons are required to report only the major medical events, such as “never events.” Most of the time, less major mistakes are not reported, but they can be just as damaging for the patient.
Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
So much is involved in performing a surgical procedure. Surgeons, doctors, and nurses all work in concert with one another before, during, and after an operation to ensure that the patient is cared for. Anyone of those people has the potential to make a mistake.
Surgery is a balance, particularly when the patient undergoes general anesthesia. If doctors do not properly weigh the risks of performing a surgery, they could end up causing their patient harm. There are times with a patient’s medical history, including medications that are on, needs to be examined to determine if they can handle a surgery in the first place.
When a surgery is over, the patient’s journey to recovery is just beginning. Post-operative care should still be considered part of a surgery because this is where any mistakes will be discovered. Patients should be closely monitored for complications such as infection and abnormal symptoms. If they are not, they could be further harmed or killed.
If you or a loved one have been harmed due to an error made during surgery, seek legal assistance immediately. We know this is a scary time that you did not expect to deal with. At the Weitz Firm, we want to help. We will make sure that your case is investigated and will work to recover compensation for your injuries. This includes all incident-related medical expenses, lost income if you have to miss work, as well as punitive damages. When you need a Camden surgical malpractice attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.