While there are many good physicians and good hospitals here in the state of Florida, there have been many cases of neglect and improper care during surgery. Some estimate that there are nearly 100,000 injuries from surgical errors every year in the United States.
The most common type of surgical errors seen in this practice involves the failure to recognize an intra-operative complication or mistake. Many times, there are “known, recognized” complications that can occur even in the best of circumstances, and in the best of hands. This is not where the most common medical error occurs. Rather, it occurs from the physician failing to recognize that an inadvertent injury occurred.
Soon after surgery, the patient develops significant complications, which if undiagnosed and treated in a timely fashion, may result in infection, bleeding, the need for additional surgery, and in much worse circumstances, death.
If a known complication occurs during surgery and the injury is recognized before the surgery is completed, a surgeon can often call in additional help to correct and repair the problem.
Unfortunately, there are some surgeons who fail to inform their patients about the possibility or likelihood of certain complications that can arise during the course of surgery. As a result of their failure to properly inform the patient of the likelihood of complications, the patient is deprived of the opportunity to make a truly informed decision about whether this surgical procedure is the right one for them. This is known as a “lack of informed consent” claim. If you or a loved one has been through this horrid experience, know that you can count on your trusted attorneys at Parvey & Cavenago to get you the compensation you deserve.