Doctors perform medical procedures of various complexities every day. Although most doctors perform procedures with no complications, there are occasional missteps when a patient goes into surgery hoping for a cure and they come out with more severe injuries than before. Doctors should be experienced, but not all of them perform at the required standard of care.
If a doctor doesn’t exercise due care during a medical procedure and causes harm to a patient, the patient can file a medical malpractice claim against them. Patients can also file medical malpractice claims against hospitals or nursing staff. A patient may recover a settlement in their claim to pay for treatment for their injuries. Treatment may include another medical procedure or medications from a compounding pharmacy.
Types of Surgical Errors
Surgical errors can vary based on the surgery being performed. Common surgical errors include performing the wrong procedure on a patient, operating on the wrong body part, failure to control bleeding, failure to monitor vital signs during a surgical procedure, damaging a patient’s organs or tissues during surgery, leaving medical equipment inside a patient, or improper care before or after surgery.
Medical procedures can also go wrong if the patient suffers from an infection. Although some infections and potential risks are known, an infection that occurs because the hospital isn’t sterile can result in a medical malpractice claim. It’s essential for hospital staff and doctors to keep hospital facilities sterile to prevent infections before, during, and after surgeries.
Various birth injuries can occur when doctors deliver babies. If you can prove that the birth injury was preventable, then the doctor may be liable for the injury. A doctor may cause a birth injury by using too much force while delivering the baby, depriving the baby of oxygen, not detecting preventable umbilical cord complications, or performing a surgical error during a C-section.
Medical Malpractice Claims
To successfully file a medical malpractice claim for a faulty medical procedure, a licensed medical doctor may have to testify in your case. This doctor can assess your situation and compare the standard of care to the care your doctor provided. If it’s determined that your doctor didn’t meet the standard of care, you can obtain a settlement.
Damages you suffer may include medical expenses, lost wages from missing work, and non-financial losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. A medical procedure gone wrong can be physically and emotionally traumatic. It’s essential to hold the negligent party accountable and obtain the compensation you deserve.