Even as recent as one hundred years ago, surgery was relatively rare and each operation was a potentially life-threatening procedure. With the rapid increase in medical knowledge, safe practices, and development of surgical technology, today surgery is relatively commonplace. Nowadays people even elect to get optional surgeries performed, such as eye surgery, plastic surgery, and liposuction. However, every surgical operation still carries some risk, as evidenced by the thousands of surgical malpractice cases that emerge each year.
Surgical errors can occur in even the simplest of operations. Sometimes errors are a result of miscommuncation between the patient and the surgeon or between the medical staff. Misunderstandings can have huge implications in surgery, resulting in the wrong operation being performed, the wrong site or side being operated on, or even having the wrong patient undergo surgery.
Other errors may result from improper tool use, leading to internal injuries or infection. Surgeons have been known to accidentally leave surgical materials inside a patient, which can cause serious complications and necessitate a second surgical procedure. In plastic surgery, particularly facial surgery, a surgical error can lead to a facial deformity or asymmetry, disfiguring the patient temporarily or even permanently.
The Risk to Your Life
Each surgery carries some risk of error. Sometimes errors can result in life-threatening and even life-ending complications. Each year, approximately 98,000 patients die as a direct result of medical malpractice. If you experience any unanticipated injury or illness as a result of your surgery, you may be a victim of surgical malpractice. Consider contacting a personal injury lawyer immediately to help you initiate your claim. A personal injury attorney can hold medical staff legally accountable for your injuries or illness and fight to get you the compensation that you may deserve.