Many different types of errors can occur during a surgical procedure. Florida residents who need to have surgery can take steps to give themselves the best chances of not being a victim of human errors during a procedure. If an error does take place during their surgery, it is important that they know what steps to take to protect their interests and rights.
Before the surgery takes place, patients should have the same person accompany them to their consultations with the surgeon so that they can listen and ask important questions. It is also important for patients to conduct their own research on their diagnosis and treatment options and to seek out additional opinions about the condition and treatment. Patients should be aware of the benefits and possible complications of the procedure they are to undergo, and the surgeon they select to conduct the procedure should specialize in treating the medical condition they suffer from.
In advance of the surgery, patients can insist that any follow-up visits they need after the surgery should be conducted directly by the surgeon and inside of the hospital. Patients may want to ask close family members and friends to remain by their side at the hospital after the surgery has been completed. After the procedure, patients should bring any intense and sharp pain they may be experiencing to the attention of their surgeon.
An attorney who practices medical malpractice law may be able to pursue financial compensation on behalf of clients who sustained injuries during a botched surgical procedure. The surgeon who committed the surgical error may be held financially liable for any resulting injuries, worsening medical conditions or death. The surgeon and the hospital facility might be sued for wrong-site surgery or anesthesia errors. The attorney may engage in negotiation to obtain a financial settlement.