Claiming for Surgical Injuries
While there are thousands of injuries performed every year, none are risk free. Every procedure carries a small risk of complications and surgical injuries, although this can be rare.
It is important that prospective patients are aware of such risks before consenting to surgery; however, this is different in instances of emergencies where a life needs to be saved.
The problem with surgery is that even a tiny mistake can have a dramatic impact on a patient. It could cause minor damage, but in other cases it can result in serious surgical injuries. If this has happened to you, you may be able to claim compensation.
Types of Surgical Injuries
A lack of post-operative care or even a mistake can occur in any kind of surgery. However, there are some procedures that seem to have a higher error rate than others, such as:
- Laser eye surgery
- Cosmetic surgery
- Failed sterilization
You should never underestimate the effects of surgical injuries. Not only do they cause physical trauma, but emotional and mental distress, too.
Kinds of Surgical Negligence
Surgery can be extremely demanding discipline. While it requires a high degree of expertise and skill, errors do still occur, such as:
- Removing the incorrect body part or internal organ
- Performing surgery on the wrong body part
- Leaving a surgical instrument or swab inside a patient
Another surgical mishap is known as “anesthetic awareness.” This occurs when a patient is under general anesthetic, but for some reason the process fails and they experience pain throughout the procedure. The patient is unable to move or cry out, but can feel every aspect of the operation and is in extreme pain. This can cause severe psychological trauma that can continue for years to come.
Claiming for Compensation for Surgical Negligence
If surgical errors or a lack of due care after an operation have resulted in surgical injuries or further illness, you may want to consider making a claim for compensation.
While no amount of money is going to undo the distress and damage cause by such negligence, it can certainly help in numerous ways.
If your injuries have resulted in you having to give up work or you require medication on a regular basis or even specialist care or equipment, compensation can help you cover the cost of these things.
Compensation will help to relieve the financial stress caused by your surgical injuries. It can also be of benefit to your loved ones who could be in the position of having to cope with the aftermath of your trauma.
Talk to a medical malpractice lawyer at DeMent Askew who has the expertise and knowledge of the various issues involved and the sensitivity and care to handle them correctly.
Our team has many years of experience with handling surgical injuries and negligence claims. If you would like to know more about the claims process or need to talk to one of our lawyers, call us at (919) 833-5555 to book a consultation.