Legal protections for victims of surgical errors

Medical malpractice can have a tremendous impact on victims and their families. Having surgery can cause anxiety and be one of the most important experiences patients face which is why being the victim of a surgical error can be so significant.

Because of the significance of surgical errors, and the harm surgical errors can cause victims, it is imperative for victims of medical malpractice and their families to be familiar with medical malpractice legal resources to help protect them. A medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages that may occur because of a negligent medical care provider.

Examples of surgical errors can include wrong site surgery; operating on the wrong area of the body; leaving instruments and objects behind in the body such as sponges and surgical tools; contamination; improperly administering anesthetics and other drugs such as blood thinning drugs; and failure to cool instruments or follow protocols. Suffering injuries because of the negligence of a surgeon or other medical care provider, doctor, nurse or hospital can leave a lasting mark on the victim.

As a result of the high stakes consequences of medical malpractice, and the trust patients place in their surgeons, victims need to be familiar with medical malpractice resources that protect them from surgical and medical errors. The legal protections and remedies available to them can hold a negligent surgeon accountable and help victims with the recovery process.

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