Some surgeries may inherently carry more risks than others. For example, you wouldn't expect an appendectomy to take as long or be as complicated as open heart surgery.
While any patient understands there's a certain degree of risk with any surgery, you may not expect to sustain further injury as a result of a medical professional's negligence.
In some cases, surgery takes longer than expected. This happens when complications arise, and can be necessary. However, sometimes a patient remains on the operating table longer than necessary because of a surgical error.
While correction of a surgical error is expected, when patients are under anesthesia for too long, or when bodily functions are suppressed for extended periods of time, they are at higher risk for extreme injury, and even death.
When a surgical error results in a prolonged operation, a patient may experience:
- brain damage;
- nerve damage;
- tissue death;
- coma; and
While medical professionals are human and do sometimes make mistakes, a surgical error is a form of negligence. As a result, if you or someone you love has sustained injury from a surgical error, you have the right to seek compensation through a Georgia medical malpractice claim.
You should consult with an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer who can help you assess the liable person or persons in your case. While you focus on recovery, your attorney has the time and resources to gather viable evidence to substantiate your Georgia medical malpractice claim. Your attorney's goal is to recover compensation that fully addresses the impact of the surgical mistake on your life.
Contacting an Atlanta Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a surgical error or some other type of medical malpractice, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you deserve to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.