What are Post Surgical Errors?

Mistakes by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals can have a lasting impact on a patient’s life. Some of the most common errors happen during the post-surgical process. While it is true that medical complications are unavoidable in some surgery cases, complications also may arise because a physician has violated the appropriate standard of care. Post surgical errors can manifest in a multitude of ways including, failure to monitor patient for unusual bleeding, infection or injury as a result from the surgical procedure. It is essential for healthcare providers to observe and listen to the patient, monitor vital signs and study lab results in order to, prevent or treat internal bleeding, preserve respiratory and cardiac stability, prevent clots or emboli from forming and to prevent or treat infection.

Seeking Damages after a Post Surgical Error

Serious mistakes can occur after a surgical procedure is complete. Failing to properly monitor a patient after an operation can lead to a significant injury and even a tragic loss of life. There are a variety of post-surgical errors that can take place, including failure to monitor for bleeding or infection, failure to identify and treat complications, medication errors, and failure to administer antibiotics to prevent a postoperative infection.

Medical malpractice takes place when a physician or other health care provider causes injury or death to a patient by failing to meet the applicable standard of care. These claims are usually pursued under the legal theory of negligence, which can be defined as the failure to take the precautions that would be proper in a certain situation.

In the context of the medical profession, negligence may occur when a health care provider, such as a physician, hospital, nurse, or pharmacist, fails to conform to the legally imposed standard of care. This obligation is defined as what a typical health care provider in the same location and medical field as the defendant would have done when placed in a certain situation. Since the standard of care can be challenging to establish, other doctors or medical professors are usually needed to provide expert testimony on what would be considered appropriate in the specific case at issue. In addition to proving the duty of care, a victim must identify a certain action by the defendant that violated the duty. He or she also needs to draw a direct causal link from that breach to his or her injuries and point to damages that resulted from them.

It is important to note that medical malpractice claims must be filed within a certain time frame, known as the statute of limitations. Under Maryland law, an injured individual has five years from the date of the harm or three years from the date that it was discovered, whichever is earlier, to bring a claim. If a child suffers from medical malpractice, the same statute of limitations applies once he or she turns 18 years of age.

Seek Legal Guidance for Post Operative Errors

At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt, our injury attorneys have the skill and knowledge to handle cases in Prince George’s County and throughout Maryland that involve post-surgical errors. Medical malpractice is a complex area of law, so it can be critical to have a qualified attorney on your side who can help you assert your rights. We can evaluate your claim at a free initial consultation. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact us online or call us at 888-952-9669.