What To Do After Errors On The Operating Table
When Surgery Has Unforeseen Side Effects
Under anesthesia in the operating room, you can’t defend yourself, and you shouldn’t need to. You trust that the medical team entrusted with your care will act responsibly and carefully when performing surgery. Unfortunately, that’s not always what happens. In a surgical situation, negligence can result in serious injury that in some cases can be life-threatening. If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of a medical error of this sort, it’s time to talk to an attorney. In New Jersey, call The Law Offices of David K. Cuneo at 856-671-1703 for a free initial consultation.
What Constitutes A Surgical Error?
Any injury resulting from a medical professional’s negligence that compromises your well-being can qualify as a surgical error. Some common examples include:
- Operating on the wrong side. Believe it or not, you could go in for a procedure on one side of your body and come out with the operation having occurred on the side that didn’t need it. This has even been known to happen with amputations.
- Instruments left behind. Surgeons sometimes leave sponges and other instruments behind when they sew up a patient after a surgery. This can lead to infection, pain and other effects.
- Infections. If you suffer an infection after a surgery and this goes undetected, it can cause serious and even fatal consequences.
- Anesthesia errors. Reactions to anesthesia or the wrong dose can cause serious injury and even death. Incorrect dosing can also mean that you could wake up during the surgery.
A surgery intended to heal you should not cause additional harm. When it does, you could face medical bills and surgical complications you didn’t ask for. And you may have a valid medical malpractice case.
Talk To A Lawyer Today
Even if you are reluctant to file a lawsuit against your surgeon, it can help to speak with a lawyer and learn your options. To schedule your free initial consultation at our Collingswood office, call 856-671-1703 or email us to get in touch.