Before undergoing a surgical procedure, most patients sign a “consent” form acknowledging that they have been advised about the potential complications related to the proposed surgery. However, when a patient suffers one of those complications, the surgeon may still be liable. Some surgical complications are indicative of malpractice, even if they are reported to have occurred in other contexts.
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If you have suffered a surgical complication that you suspect should have been avoided, you should consult with an attorney.
Even surgical complications that are considered to be among the “accepted risks” of a particular surgical procedure can give rise to a medical malpractice claim if they are not timely recognized and addressed. For instance, some injuries to the urinary tract are known to be associated with certain gynecological procedures; one gynecology textbook explains, “It is not a sin to injure a ureter during a hysterectomy, but it is a great sin to fail to recognize it during surgery.”
Although surgery is a tool that physicians can use to treat illness or disease, surgery must be performed properly, and complications addressed quickly.
If you, or a loved one, were a victim of surgical error or surgery malpractice, you should reach out to the best medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia to protect your legal rights. The surgical error attorneys at McLaughlin & Lauricella’s Philadelphia office have decades of experience and will provide you with aggressive representation of your legal rights, in, and out of the courtroom. Our team has the experience, resources, and skills necessary to get you the compensation that you deserve. Please call us at 215-568-1510 or contact us by email, to see what we can do for you.