Make Sure You can Trust Your Surgeon

Make Sure You can Trust Your Surgeon

Many hospitals and clinics show commitment in the provision of quality patient care through continuous modernization that will lead to service upgrade, a roster of the best doctors, specialists and highly-qualified nurses, and making sure that patients are diagnosed correctly and given timely treatment.

This is not the case in some medical facilities, however, resulting to their being tagged as bad hospitals or having bad doctors due to the frequency of medical mistakes and malpractice committed in them. As a result of the lack of authentic concern to patients and the errors made in patient care, many hospitals, doctors, and other medical professionals, have been named as defendants in many legal claims for damages.

Medical malpractice, which refers to professional negligence or provision of sub-standard care to patients, is a frightening reality in the United States. Its effects include life-threatening conditions, prolonged illness or even death. But equally frightening as the effects is the fact that these mistakes are results of negligence or carelessness by medical experts – some are even committed by famous and highly-respected doctors in the U.S. In 2010 alone, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services reported about the death of 180,000 Medicare patients: a small figure compared to the 210,000 to 440,000 affected patients which was printed in the by members of the Journal of Patient Safety.

One example of medical malpractice that continues to greatly harm patients is surgical error. Errors committed in the surgical room vary; there is surgery performed on a wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure, surgery on the wrong site of the body, incorrect dosage of anesthesia, improper suturing and so many others.

In its website, the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. law firm says that, though complications during surgery may be uncommon incidents, the consequences are significant when they do occur. Surgeons who commit surgical errors can easily alter the quality of life of patients, who also end up needing expensive corrective treatment.

Victims of surgical errors have the legal right to file a tort or civil lawsuit against negligent doctors and/or medical staff to hold them responsible for the injury they cause. The first logical step (for victims) in pursuing a civil suit is making sure that they have a determined and seasoned medical malpractice lawyer or personal injury lawyer who will be able to strongly defend their case

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