People in Georgia going in for surgery are often deeply concerned about how they can treat their medical condition. In many cases, they need the procedure urgently in order to address a dangerous situation. While there are always risks associated with surgery, it can also provide significant benefits. However, some patients may face unexpected complications and dangers, especially if a negligent doctor or other health care professional is involved. Indeed, surgery is the second most common reason for medical malpractice claims against physicians, following diagnostic errors such as the failure to diagnose cancer or another progressive disease.
Analysts examined malpractice cases in the past five years and found that one-quarter were linked to problems during and after surgery. In 78% of these cases, the claim was linked to poor performance by the medical professional involved, including a lack of training, skill or care in performing the procedure. Other claims were linked to the decision to order surgery, responses to events during the operation or poor follow-up care that led to worsened health conditions. In some cases, unique and disturbing problems gave rise to claims, such as foreign objects left in a patient’s body or surgeries performed on the wrong part of the body.
Some types of surgery were more likely to lead to malpractice claims, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery. Because of the high risks involved, the damages suffered by patients were significant. In almost 30% of cases, patients suffered permanent, significant injuries while 9% of patients involved in these claims lost their lives due to a medical error.
A surgery can produce outstanding results, but in the wrong hands, it can also lead to severe damages and permanent injuries. A medical malpractice attorney may review a patient’s case and help them seek compensation for damages.