The nature of every operative procedure involves cutting into the inside of a patient’s body in order to repair damaged tissue or organs and surgeons occasional make cuts in the wrong place. The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work hard to protect the rights of those injured by medical errors and to help them recover the compensation they are entitled to so that they can cope with their injuries and move forward with their lives. If you feel that you have been injured due to a medical error, it is important to understand your rights and how malpractice law works.
Surgeons Should Document all Accidental Lacerations and Punctures
Lacerations and puncture wounds are common during surgical procedures and the patient is normally unaffected by an accidental incision or puncture when the surgeon notices the error and corrects it in a prompt manner. Even when these issues are corrected during the procedure, the doctor should file a report following the procedure detailing at what point during the procedure the error was made and where it occurred. This information can be used to determine how similar incidents can be prevented in the future and will help with postoperative care by letting nursing staff know that the patient may be at an elevated risk of complications such as internal bleeding or infections.
Complications that Can Arise
Injuries caused by accidental cuts, puncture wounds and lacerations can prolong the patient’s recovery, facilitate the need for extended observation after the operation and be the cause of severe complications. Some of the complications our Illinois medical error lawyers have linked to these injuries include the following.
- The need for the patient to return to surgery so that the surgeon can repair the damage. In some instances, the patient is brought back right away, but there are times when the patient does not show symptoms of an issue until later.
- The need for increased observation and nursing care. When patients are at an elevated risk of suffering from internal bleeding or developing an infection, nursing staff must pay close attention to their progress so that any issues can be detected and treated promptly. If internal bleeding or the spread of an infection go undetected, it can result in life threatening complications.
- The need for a blood transfusion due to blood loss. If internal bleeding results in the loss of massive amounts of blood, a transfusion may be required to save the patient’s life.
- Sudden loss of consciousness or death. Prolonged bleeding can send the patient into a coma or result in his or her death.
Our Illinois medical negligence lawyers recognize that doctors don’t mean to harm their patients, but it is important that those harmed by medical errors are compensated fairly. It is your right to be able to recover damages to cover the cost of any additional surgical procedures, emergency care, rehabilitative care, lost wages and your pain and suffering.
The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Difference
We are an award winning personal injury law firm that prioritizes the unique needs of every client we represent. Our extensive network of professionals includes medical specialists, social workers, economists and leading attorneys who have a proven track record of success. It is our goal to connect you with the care that you need and deserve so that you can focus on your health while we pursue the compensation needed to cover your expenses.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation and case review by one of our qualified Chicago medical malpractice attorneys. During your consultation, we will answer all of your questions about your legal options, gather the information needed to conduct an investigation into the cause of your injuries and let you know what you can expect from the process. It is our promise that we will never expect a fee for our services until we have been able to secure compensation on your behalf.