Many people trust their doctors, but reports show that surgical errors can and do happen, even by trained professionals. Surgical errors can range from leaving a foreign object in the body to administering the wrong dose of anesthesia. Patients can suffer a variety of personal injuries, some of which can be life-threatening or cause permanent damage. However, this does not mean you have to recover from these damages without financial help. An Oklahoma medical negligence lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Consequences of Surgical Errors
Surgical errors can be caused by a mistake made when the targeted area is marked in the wrong spot, the wrong type of surgery is listed for the wrong person, or an error occurs during the surgery itself. Nurses, doctors, and other health professionals can make these types of mistakes. It only takes one simple mistake or misunderstanding to cause lifelong harm.
Common types of surgical errors that can happen during operation include wrong-part surgery, wrong-person surgery, and wrong-side surgery.
Wrong-part surgery happens when the surgeon operates on the wrong part of a person. This can result in a pointless operation that costs the patient thousands of dollars.
Wrong-person surgery is when the operation is performed on the wrong person. One patient is left with no treatment while the other undergoes a surgery that could cause damage. If a patient needed a heart transplant, but the transplant was done on someone who did not need a new heart, this could lead to serious complications. This is especially true for surgeries that involve the removal of an organ.
Wrong-side surgery means the procedure was done on the wrong side of the patient’s body. This could mean operating on the wrong lung or kidney.
Signs of Anesthesia Errors
Anesthesia is designed to make patients lose consciousness and all sensation of pain during surgery. However, the complexity of administering anesthesia can create problems due to human error. In some cases, that human error could be considered malpractice.
Recognizing the consequences of anesthesia errors can help you recognize when you may be able to file a lawsuit for medical negligence. General anesthesia has been known to cause postoperative delirium, a sense of extreme confusion and memory loss that can last longer than a day. Malignant hyperthermia is also a common side effect, in which people experience a spike in fever and muscle contractions.
IV sedation anesthesia errors can lead to nerve damage and pneumothorax. Nerve damage can cause chronic pain, and pneumothorax often necessitates using a chest tube to re-inflate the lung. Local anesthesia rarely causes serious side effects because this is used on one part of the body for numbing pain and is generally not used to put you to sleep. However, this anesthesia has caused itching and soreness for some people.
Medical Negligence Lawyer in Oklahoma
Try talking to an Oklahoma personal injury lawyer if you suffered an injury from a healthcare professional. You may be entitled to receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. Contact the Law Firm of Griffin Reynolds at (405) 721-9500 for a free consultation today. Our goal is to defend your rights.