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Long-Term Dangers of Surgical Errors

Anytime an individual is schedule to undergo surgery, it can be a bit intimidating. The doctor performing the surgery is expected to have the proper training and precision to complete any type of procedure without causing an issue. This isn’t always the case, however. There are a number of physicians who make mistakes while in the operating room and surgical errors can occur.

Surgical errors often include the following:

  • Leaving equipment in the patient
  • Wrong location incisions
  • Hitting a nerve or artery
  • Errors in anesthesia administration

When a surgical error occurs, it has the potential to affect the life of the patient forever. For example, if the physician is performing back surgery and hits a crucial nerve, it may affect the patient’s ability to move certain body parts. Surgical errors can have lasting effects.

Future Medical Treatment

If a surgical error causes long-term pain, it may be necessary for the patient to undergo further surgeries or participate in rehabilitation. Other medical treatment such as prescriptions may also be needed for the pain involved. These can all result in high costs. If the surgical error is the cause for further medical treatment, the patient may be able to seek compensation in order to cover these expenses.

Loss of Earning Capacity

Depending on the severity of the surgical error, the patient may be unable to return to work. If this happens, the family may lose the resources and the earning capacity they had prior to the surgery. This may also be compensable by filing a medical malpractice claim.

Job Training

While some surgical errors can leave patients permanently disabled, there may be a situation in which the individual is only partially disabled. This may require him or her to change jobs, though. If this is the case, seeking compensation can help with the costs of vocational training in order to allow the patient back into the workforce at a position more suitable for their situation.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of surgical errors and are now dealing with the aftermath, our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys can help. We work hard to hold the negligent physician accountable for his or her actions. Call for your free consultation today.