Surgical Accidents & Mistakes

Sometimes, accidents happen and it’s no one’s fault. But this is not the case when talking about accidents that happen during surgical procedures.

When you (or someone you care about) have been the victim of a surgical accident, you deserve restitution for your victimization. Even if you’re not the “type” who sues, consider these items:

Insurance and surgical mistakes.

Remember – insurance does not always cover all surgical procedures. This means you could wind up spending your own money on a mistake. That’s simply not right; you should never have to pay someone who injures you. Contacting a medical malpractice lawyer is the first step.

Surgical Accidents can hurt many.

Surgical accidents hurt everyone, not just the patient who was operated on. Friends, loved ones, and family members are all brought into a spiral of depression and anxiety when someone is injured on the operating table or during post-operative care.

If you stand by and do nothing after a surgical accident, you are basically allowing incompetence to win. Thus, an inexperienced surgeon could wind up operating on yet another victim unless you stop him or her.

Most people just want to put their surgical accidents behind them, but the truth is that without some kind of closure, the feeling of victimization will continuously haunt the patient who was harmed. It’s better to seek legal means of receiving restitution, which can greatly aid in closing the chapter on a traumatic experience.

Common Types of Surgical Accidents include:

Compensation and Settlements for Medical malpractice.

Finally, remember that you are an individual who is worthy of receiving compensation for medical malpractice when someone else hurts you. The government recognizes you as a person with rights, and one of those is the right to be vindicated when a crime has been committed against you.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers.

If you have been the victim of a surgical accident, we encourage you to contact our medical malpractice lawyers today. Our team will work hard on your behalf, not stopping until the battle is over. We are unafraid of insurance companies and highly-paid physicians; thus, we will work your case to ensure that you get the best possible outcome in terms of settlement or restitution. Contact us today.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers are available in these States:

Alabama (AL), Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), Arkansas (AR), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Connecticut (CT), Delaware (DE), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Maine (ME), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), Montana (MT), Nebraska (NE), Nevada (NV), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New Mexico (NM), New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), North Dakota (ND), Ohio(OH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Virginia (VI), Washington (WA), Washington DC (DC), West Virginia (WV), Wisconsin (WI), Wyoming (WY).

The top 10 things your hospital doesn’t want you to know

These secrets are some of the most common incidents found in hospitals around the country.

Errors in treatment

Almost 1.5 million people suffer injury because they receive the wrong drugs according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  One of the reasons for this staggering statistic is due to the fact that 10% of hospitals are computerized and can track allergies, diagnoses, and drug interactions.

Leaving sicker than when admitted

Almost two million people develop infections after they are admitted to hospitals, of which about 90,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  These incidents directly contribute to about $4.5 billion losses each year.

Lack of leadership/accountability

In places as complicated and hectic as most hospitals are, it is often difficult to find someone in charge.  This can sometimes lead to fatalities and injury, as without direct supervision a simple condition could cascade into something serious.

Your bill is negotiable

It usually works our better when you negotiate a final price with a hospital, because if they are forced to send it to collections they will not receive as much as they would normally.

Lack of insurance coverage

Not every insurance plan covers every type of procedure needed during a hospital stay.  The rise of HMO plans means that out-of-network providers are more and more common, which in turn can cost the patient even more money.

Double billing

This old trick can be caught through vigilance and a detailed hospital bill/invoice.  Different procedures can vary significantly due to the nature of the human body, clerical errors can result in excess room charges, and simple mistakes can cost thousands of extra dollars.

All hospitals are not created equal

Nursing shortages are causing a significant drain on the quality of hospitals.  A little bit of internet research can result in a better grasp and understanding of the quality and service of the hospitals in the area.

Many ERs are not up to standards

In 2004, 67% of all ER directors say there is inadequate coverage by on-call specialists, and in 2007 that number reached 73%.  In fact, statistics show that an ambulance is turned away from an ER every minute of every day due to overcrowding.  The most dangerous time to be in the ER is between 3 p.m. and 1 a.m., due to most accidents occurring between those hours.

Never go to the hospital in the summer

July represents a major shift in the medical community.  Students become interns, interns residents, and residents fellows.  This means your chances for getting an inexperienced doctor is extremely high.

Lack of patient confidentiality

Although many people believe that doctor-patient confidentiality is one of the most inviolate rules in professional life, almost 600,000 people have direct access to healthcare information that the patient may not want known.  Doctors, clerks, nurses, and health insurance workers can all see the most intimate and personal details of almost any patient in America.

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Surgical Accidents & Mistakes: Medical Malpractice Lawyers Resource Guide updated 8/14/2009