Many individuals in Illinois and elsewhere may consider the concept of undergoing even a minor medical procedure stressful and daunting. While surgical procedures carry enough risk on their own, with the presence of negligence, the results of an operation could be cataclysmic. Surgical errors can happen at various stages of an operation and the results of such negligence could create new health concerns or lead to an untimely death.
While surgical errors can occur in any area of medicine, studies indicate that such incidents commonly occur in three specific fields, which include general surgery, orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery. Reports indicate that errors during procedures open patients up to the risk of suffering long-term or permanent injuries, or even death. While errors can occur under various circumstances, claims of a lack of skill or judgment continue to be common complaints following similar incidents.
Recent reports also state that surgical errors can occur at any stage of an operation. Even before the operation begins, should doctors fail to be thorough in preparing the patient for the procedure or ensuring the patient receives the necessary instructions and information, the results could be disastrous. The presence of distractions in an operating room is just one example of factors that could increase the risk of errors during a procedure and there are also certain scenarios in which one’s health could be placed at risk during recovery.
Surgical errors can have catastrophic results that could leave a person with permanent harm or a family mourning an untimely loss. Those who suffer harm or loss due under similar circumstances may wish to exercise their rights to seek financial accountability through the civil justice system. Since this process can be challenging to navigate alone, a person in Illinois could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney early on for much needed guidance in pursuing the full amount of compensation deserved through a medical malpractice claim.