A major surgical operation is one of the most serious procedures a hospital patient can experience, and injuries sustained during surgeries or during post-operative care can be lifechanging. Unfortunately, traumatic injuries due to surgical negligence can and do occur in Canada. Read on for information about common causes of surgical injuries, when a medical malpractice claim is possible, and how a surgical malpractice lawyer can help.
Common Forms of Surgical Error
Most Canadians who enter an operating room receive excellent care and emerge without complications. However, thousands of Canadians are injured each year in medical settings, including numerous surgical injuries. Here are a few relatively common surgical mishaps:
Operating on wrong site: It is not unheard of for doctors to perform surgeries on the wrong part of a patient’s body. This most often involves operating on the wrong organ (left lung vs. right lung; wrong kidney; etc.) or removing the wrong appendage during an amputation.
Unnecessary surgery: An unnecessary surgical procedure can occur for a variety of reasons. One is misdiagnosis: a doctor may believe surgery is necessary but find nothing wrong during the procedure. Another is mixing up patients or patients’ records: in the past, a small number of people have been subjected to surgeries intended for other patients.
Infections: Infections can take hold during a surgery or during post-operative care. They are most often caused by unsanitary medical tools, unsanitary operating or recovery environments, or failure to appropriately monitor a surgical patient’s condition during recovery.
Surgical tools left in body: Medical tools left in the patient’s body can also cause infections. This event might sound ludicrous – how could a highly-trained surgical staff misplace tweezers or a sponge inside a patient?? But as every Ontario surgical malpractice lawyer knows, surgical devices are left inside patients far more often than you might expect. Among wealthy nations, Canada has a particularly dismal track record for this type of injury.
Nerve or organ damage: Negligent care during surgery can lead to perforations, punctures, and other damage to organs or nerves neighbouring the operation site. These injuries can lead to infections, chronic pain, and other long-term health issues.
Anesthesia errors: The most common form of anesthesia injuries occur when too much anesthesia is administered, which can cause brain injuries, or when the patient has an allergic reaction. These injuries can have long-lasting consequences, and in rare cases may even be fatal.
Can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help?
If you have been injured during a surgery, contact an experienced surgical malpractice lawyer for help. Medical malpractice cases in Canada are expensive, time-consuming, and challenging, but they can also help injury victims access necessary compensation to fund their recoveries. If you believe that your injuries were caused by the negligence or error of a medical professional, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation today.
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