The vast majority of the time when people in Louisiana undergo a surgical procedure they do so with the reasonable anticipation that the outcome will be beneficial to their health. And most of the time they are not disappointed in that expectation.
By its nature, however, surgery is an invasive procedure with inherent risks even if everything goes well. In the event of a medical mistake on the part of a surgeon or one of the participating surgical staff, a patient injury becomes a serious possibility.
Organs can be perforated, surgery can be performed at the wrong location or wrong side of the patient's body, sponges or other instruments can be accidentally left behind in the body and, in some extreme circumstances, the surgery can even be done on the wrong patient.
Surgical mistakes can be fatal, but non-fatal errors in surgery can also result in debilitating consequences. Sometimes follow-up corrective procedures are necessary, and sometimes the damage cannot be undone. Either way, if you have been the victim of an error in surgery, you can find yourself faced with both direct and indirect financial costs and physical as well as emotional consequences.
The first thing to do if you believe that you have been the victim of a surgical error is to find out more about what happened. Many times these mistakes can go unreported or their significance may not be fully or properly understood.
The next thing you may want to consider is consulting with a personal injury law firm, to see if the harm you may have suffered is actionable in court.
At the Bowling Law Firm, for more than 30 years we have been helping people who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice and hospital negligence, including surgical errors.
We know how to investigate the underlying circumstances, how to deal with hospital administrators, their insurers and their attorneys to see to it that your interests and your right to redress for your losses are treated with the attention they deserve. Contact us to speak directly with one of our attorneys and visit our webpage for more information.