When a doctor recommends that you have surgery, it can be quite stressful and worrisome. Depending on your circumstances, the procedure in question might be elective, such as those you might seek for cosmetic reasons, or your doctor might inform you that surgery is necessary to resolve an injury, health condition or, even, to save your life.
Entrusting your health to a surgeon and medical team means that you can reasonably expect all licensed care providers to act according to the highest level of accepted safety standards. If one or more care providers fail in their duties, you might suffer serious injury that causes partial or full disability for the rest of your life, or even places your life at risk.
The three most common types of surgical errors
There are hundreds of good doctors, nurses and other care providers in Ohio and across the country. Sadly, however, there are also many who are negligent on the job, placing thousands of patients at risk for injury or death. The following list shows three categories of error that are most common in this state and others:
- Operating on the wrong patient: Before you have surgery, it’s a good idea to confirm that the surgeon has the correct patient in mind. Many serious injuries occur when surgeons perform the correct operations on the wrong patients.
- Wrong procedure: Even if you confirm that you are indeed the patient scheduled for surgery, you’ll also want to make sure the surgeon is going to perform the correct operation. Imagine waking up to learn that you had a knee replacement when you went to the hospital for an entirely different type of surgery.
- Wrong body part: Speaking of knee surgeries and similar operations, being proactive and confirming ahead of time that the surgeon is going to operate on the correct body part may help you avoid serious injury. Wrong-site surgeries are among the most common surgical errors in Ohio and all other states.
There are safety systems in place in all hospitals to help prevent these errors and other medical injuries. While you incur a certain amount of risk with any type of medical procedure, especially surgery, there is no reason you should bear the full financial burden associated with injuries that were preventable. If a licensed medical care provider is negligent, you are able to seek restitution for the damages such negligence has caused you physically, emotionally and economically, as well.