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Has one of these surgical errors caused you to suffer?

You may be one of thousands in South Carolina who have been admitted to a hospital for medical treatment in the recent past. It can be a little frightening to entrust your care to hospital staff members, but if they are providing quality treatment according to the highest level of accepted safety standards, chances are high for a positive outcome.

If that's not the case, however, you may wind up in worse condition after your hospital stay than when you arrived there. Hundreds of thousands of people in this state and throughout the nation suffer injuries each year due to medical errors.

Three most common surgical mistakes

You might be surprised to learn the most common surgical errors that cause patients injury, and, in worst cases, even death. Here are the top three:

  • Wrong-site surgery: If your surgeon accidentally operated on the wrong part of your body, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
  • Wrong-patient procedure: Believe it or not, many doctors operate on patients only to discover later that they performed their procedures on the wrong patients! If you or someone you love has suffered this type of devastating surgical error, there is a support network in place to help you obtain justice.
  • Correct patient, wrong operation: It's bad enough knowing doctors sometimes operate on the wrong patients, but equally horrifying is the fact that they also sometimes perform the wrong surgical procedures altogether.

The above list is by no means extensive, but represents some of the most common surgical errors that cause patients to suffer injury in the United States every year. Perhaps you have experienced one of these tragic errors, or you have a child or other immediate family member who has.

Did your physician initially deny your concerns? Many doctors and hospital administrators attempt to negate their own mistakes. Just because someone has tried to escape culpability for injuring you, doesn't mean justice won't be served.

With appropriate guidance and assertive action, you may bring your situation to the court's attention and ask that those whose errors caused you to suffer are legally held accountable.

Reaching out for help

The worst part about medical mistakes is they are often later determined to have been entirely preventable. If you or your loved one went into the hospital for treatment of an existing medical condition, and suffered injury due to substandard medical care, you are not alone.

It's understandable that after the initial shock of what happened subsided, you may have felt angry and desired those responsible face accountability for their actions.

One of the people who can help you address such matters is a personal injury attorney. The following is a list of actions that experienced legal representation can assist you with:

  • You can file a medical malpractice lawsuit in a civil court against any and all parties deemed liable for your suffering.
  • An investigation of the events leading up to your injury via evidence gathering can substantiate your claim.
  • You can request monetary restitution for the damages you sustained and use any compensation awarded by the court in a successfully litigated claim to help offset exorbitant expenses associated with your situation.

You may even be able to help prevent others from suffering similar injuries to yours in the future as many medical injury lawsuits ultimately lead to regulation changes industry wide.

If you were the victim of a surgical error, you've already suffered enough. There's no reason you should be facing financial debt due to added medical bills or wage loss from time off work. By activating the support resources available to you, you can take the first steps toward obtaining physical and financial recovery.

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