There is a right way to do things, and there is a wrong way to do things. Within the medical profession, doing things right means treating patients in accordance with the standards set forth by the profession. If any type of medical professional fails at this in such a way that another similar doctor in the area would not have, the doctor can be held liable if the patient is injured.
So, yes, if you had surgery and the physician made a lot of mistakes you do have a case. Some conditions must be met first. There must have been a doctor patient relationship. Such is typically clear when a surgeon operated on the patient. The mistake made must have occurred within said relationship. The patient must have been injured and suffered some sort of damages.
Moreover, the experienced Kingston medical malpractice attorney knows that it only takes one mistake negligently made in order to trigger a claim for medical malpractice. The mistake could have been made during pre operative care, during surgery, or even during post operative; or even all three.
There are more medical malpractice victims than anyone would initially think. Nearly one hundred thousand medical malpractice cases are started every year in the United States of America. Experienced attorneys know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. This is because many instances are never reported and many injured victims choose not to sue. The reality is that there may be as many as one hundred thousand instances of surgical medical malpractice each year; add in medical malpractice in other settings and the numbers fly through the roof.
Any number of acts can cause many different types of surgical errors. With this said, some errors and causes thereof are more common than others.
For example, negligence can arise during pre operative care. Typically this involves a misdiagnosis, the failure of getting a full and complete patient history, and or a lack of appreciation how surgical risks could affect the particular patient.
During surgery, the surgeon may mistakenly operate on the wrong part of the patient’s body or even operate on the wrong patient. Surgical instruments have been mistakenly inside patients’ bodies; such can be caused by inattention, sleep deprivation, inexperience, and or failures to follow hospital protocols.
The bottom line is that most mistakes during surgery should have been avoided. Enduring the mistake goes way beyond the operating table. Injured patients will typically suffer for long periods of time, have to undergo multiple corrective surgeries, and might have negative effects of the botched surgery for the rest of their lives.
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