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Does surgery present malpractice risks?

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2021 | Medical Malpractice

Each year, many people undergo surgery in Massachusetts. A surgical procedure may be necessary to save a life, or it might be an entirely elective cosmetic option. Whatever the reason, the patients who agree to surgery do so with a reasonable expectation that the physician and others involved have each patient’s well-being in mind. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned, and malpractice may occur.

Shocking figures about malpractice and surgery

Anyone considering surgery might become alarmed upon discovering that surgery ranks as the number two cause for medical malpractice claims. Unfortunately, many things could go wrong during surgery when a health care provider is negligent.

Only “wrong diagnoses” ranks higher on the list of malpractice claims than surgeries, and the reasons for surgery-related malpractice suits might not be what people assume. Unnecessary surgeries and instances of leaving objects inside a patient happen, but they represent a small number of cases. Essentially, “poor performance,” a rather broad description, ranks as the top reason.

In one study, almost 30% of surgery malpractice cases led to permanent injuries, and about 9% ended in death. Such figures may be both sobering and frightening to those possibly headed for surgery.

Other issues related to malpractice

Malpractice claims could arise after the surgery ends. During the recovery period in the hospital, problems such as an avoidable infection or receiving the wrong prescription medication might lead to disaster.

The fallout from medical malpractice could leave someone with a diminished quality of life. Malpractice-induced permanent injuries might harm someone’s career and income potential. Without a way to recover damages, some may end up in dire financial straits.

Filing a medical malpractice claim is one way that an injured party may attempt to recover damages. Individuals wondering how the process works might want to consult with an attorney.