With the recent increase in elective surgical procedures, such as liposuction or plastic surgery, surgery may seem like an easy, low-risk procedure. On the contrary, during each surgery, there are a number of potential complications that can cause pain or life-threatening illness or injury to the patient. Even the simplest of surgical procedures can go wrong, sometimes requiring additional surgeries to fix the mistake. If you have suffered from a complication resulting from your surgery, you may be a victim of surgical malpractice.
Potential complications that may occur during surgery include performing the wrong procedure, operating on the wrong organ, or operating on the wrong side of the body. This kind of mistake typically occurs because of miscommunication between the patient and surgeon or miscommunication among the medical staff. Other serious complications may occur while the operation is underway. Surgeons may accidentally cause internal injury or infection because of unsanitary surgical tools. During plastic surgery, the surgeon may make a mistake that results in deformity or asymmetry.
Every patient that opts to undergo surgery is exposed to the risk of surgical malpractice. Each year approximately 98,000 patients die as a result of medical malpractice. If you have suffered from injury or illness caused from your surgery, consider contacting a surgical malpractice lawyer immediately. The surgical team responsible for your operation may be liable and you may be entitled to compensation for your injury or illness and related costs.