Your spouse just got out of the hospital after a long and complex surgery. You should feel relief now that the hardest part is over, but someone else’s negligence could mean the tough part is just beginning.
You want to be able to trust your doctor with the care of your family, but medical malpractice does happen. 71% of physicians operating in a high-risk specialty like surgery can expect to make a medical malpractice payment before the age of 65. Knowing what can amount to malpractice may help you build a case toward receiving help to get your family healthy again.
A care provider must uphold a certain standard of care, with a baseline of performing as most physicians would under the circumstances. Any negligent actions that result in a breach of that care could amount to medical malpractice.
Errors for judgment
There is an inherent risk with surgery, but that doesn’t mean it should be downright dangerous. There are many ways the actions of the attending medical staff could be negligent:
- Unprepared: Your doctor and the accompanying staff should be ready for any reasonable complications that arise. This can mean that they have prepared and researched issues ahead of time or have the proper equipment at their disposable.
- Poor communication: A range of problems can arise from your attending nurse replacing the wrong surgical chart, your doctor mislabeling a surgical site or your anesthesiologist administering an incorrect dosage of medication.
- Errant instruments: Unclean instruments can lead to the spreading of disease, especially with someone in a weakened condition after surgery. Or sometimes tools aren’t accounted for, and a sponge or scalpel may be left behind after surgery, causing complications.
- Neglect: Impatience, impaired judgment or incompetence can prove dangerous. Any damage to neighboring organs or skipping essential steps during surgery could qualify as malpractice.
Going under the knife is never easy for you or your loved ones, but it shouldn’t come with the extra worry of negligence. Get help returning your life to normal after a complicated surgery, and start putting this operation behind you.