Surgical procedures do not come without risks, and before a patient is subjected to a potentially invasive procedure, they must be informed of just what could happen, if complications arise during surgery. When a Massachusetts resident agrees to surgery, they should know what will be done, what medical problems the surgery will fix and what dangers they may face with or without the procedure. They do not agree to accept the risks of medical teams that are negligent or fail to meet their duties of care.
Negligence in the surgical context can led to surgical errors and mistakes. This post will discuss several common forms of surgical errors, but readers should know that their surgery-based medical claims are likely covered by medical malpractice law.
One type of surgical mistake that can happen is that of the wrong-site surgery. This happens when a surgeon operates on the wrong part of a patient’s body. Wrong-patient surgeries are self-explanatory: surgeons do the correct surgeries on the wrong people. Wrong-procedure surgeries involve identifying the correct patients but performing the wrong procedures on them.
Many surgical errors can be prevented by internal hospital procedures that involve patients in the identification of their ailments and the procedures that they are to receive. A surgical mistake can make an ailing person worse if they do not get surgery in a timely manner and then must recover from an unnecessary procedure. This post offers no legal or medical advice and should only be used by readers as information.