A Surgical Error Can Occur At Any Time
It's not just during a surgical procedure that surgical errors can occur. The hospital staff and surgical team must remain diligent in your care through all stages of your operation. Pre-operation preparation, the surgery itself and post-operative care are all times when negligence can lead to surgical errors.
In the pre-operative stage, your surgical team must review the procedure you are to undergo, and must review all of your medical charts. This is to help avoid any forms of gross negligence, such as patient misidentification or wrong-site surgery. They must also evaluate your condition to identify and prepare for any potential complications during surgery. A final safety check should be made to ensure you are the correct patient to undergo the operation and to make sure the correct procedure is scheduled to be performed.
Most surgical errors occur during the surgery itself. Anesthesia errors can be made which can cause irreparable damage to the brain and body. If the patient and procedure safety checks were not made during pre-op, the surgeon may perform the wrong surgery on the wrong patient. Surgical implements may be left inside the patient's body, or the procedure may have been inadequately completed.
Following the surgery, diligent care must be taken to keep the surgical site clean, in order to prevent infection. The nursing staff is responsible for making sure the patient recovers smoothly from their procedure and that they are informed of post-operative instructions. When the patient is discharged from the hospital, they should be given special instructions to follow during recovery.
What to do After Surgical Errors Have Caused You Harm
Whether you suffered serious injury or the loss of a loved one because of surgical errors, you have the right to file a Virginia medical malpractice claim to recover damages related to your suffering and losses. Preserve all documentation regarding your medical history and treatment related to your surgery; you will need it as evidence of your surgical team's negligence.
A Virginia medical malpractice attorney can be your greatest asset when filing a Virginia medical malpractice claim. Your attorney can help you build your evidence against the hospital or surgeon and fight for your rightful compensation.
Contacting a Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney
You don't have to deal with insurance companies and hospitals alone when you're looking to file a Virginia medical malpractice case. Fairfax medical malpractice attorney Ben Glass fights to help victims in the Virginia and D.C. areas settle their medical malpractice claims.
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