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When having a common surgery such as an appendectomy, most patients assume they will heal up quickly and be back on their feet within just a few days or weeks. When there is a serious mishap with the procedure, however, the situation can become expensive, stressful, and potentially life-threatening. This includes issues such as a surgeon or one of their assistants leaving behind items such as a rag that could lead to serious medical complications.
The Basics of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Medical malpractice lawsuits are often seen as some of the most complicated legal situations for a number of reasons. This includes just how complex procedures can be, the fact that patients are often already injured, and how difficult it is to prove that a doctor or their staff was negligent. In order for a medical malpractice suit to be successful, the patient must be able to prove four specific things.
The first thing that the doctor must prove is that the doctor-patient relationships did in fact exist. This means that the doctor that was actually negligent is the one being sued, not another physician, nurse, lab tech, or any other individual. It must also be shown that the doctor was in fact negligent as well as reasonably skilled and careful. The patient and their representative must then prove that the negligence directly led to injury or damage. An example of this would be showing that a patient was harmed due to an unnecessary incision, not a cut from a previous surgery. Finally, it must be shown that this specific injury led to certain damage.
Medical Malpractice Damages
If the first three stipulations have been proven, our attorneys will then work closely by your side in order to relate the damages that these injuries have caused. In the situation of a surgeon leaving behind items such as a rag during an appendectomy, the patient may experience a wide variety of health and financial issues as a result. This begins with the overwhelming costs of a second surgery to remove the items. Any items that have been left inside could have also caused further injuries or even an infection that requires ongoing treatment. There will also be issues with chronic pain or even lost wages for patients that are in need of multiple surgeries. Whatever the case may be, patients that have experienced situations like this should contact our attorneys immediately to explore their legal rights.
Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at Kamerow Law Firm. Call us at 703-370-8088.