Malpractice suits continue to rise, and one reason for the steady climb is an increase in wrong site surgery cases. Often these types of cases are a result of neglect and the failure of medical professionals to double check and follow safety procedures during surgery. There may be multiple people at fault in such suits, including the surgeon, doctor who provided a diagnosis or scheduled the surgery, the nurse and lab technician. Various medical personnel are responsible for the safety of patients in the operating room as well as pre and post surgery. If you or someone you love has experienced a wrong site surgical procedure due to neglect, there are steps you can take to hold the responsible parties accountable.
Steps post injury
As soon as you become aware that you have been a victim of wrong site surgery, it is advisable to contact a lawyer. This is a difficult step to take for many victims because they feel they might not be able to pinpoint who is directly at fault or what went wrong. However, an experienced attorney can investigate the situation and help you determine who was at fault. Next, be sure to inform the attending medical team of the situation. While your trust might be at an all time low, you still need your original surgery performed, especially if it might save your life. It is also important to document everything for your records.
Obviously, you likely do not want to continue any further treatment with the doctor or surgeon that may be responsible for your injuries. It is imperative to your health and wellbeing to find another doctor as soon as possible to help you recover and provide any additional treatment you need. This may seem a burdensome task because it may be difficult to trust anyone in the medical field again. However, you need to find a doctor who will listen to you and treat you properly.
Costs and recourse
All of your costs must be considered when bringing a medical malpractice claim. This includes the costs related to medical bills and future medical treatment, loss of wages and pain and suffering. If you become permanently disabled and unable to work, consider those costs, as well.
Being injured, ill, or needing medical treatment for any reason is stressful and difficult on you and your loved ones and it can negatively impact your life when those who are medically responsible for you are negligent. It can cost you further damage, permanent injury and a lifetime of medical treatment. It is important to understand the steps you need to take in order to alleviate the burden. Don't hesitate to protect your rights. Attorney Alan D. Bell has been helping clients in New Jersey for almost 40 years. He is experienced in medical malpractice cases and believes in through research, investigation and preparation to protect his client's interests. Contact Attorney Bell at 973-233-4291 to learn more about your legal options. You should not have to suffer from your injuries for the rest of your life.