When a person in New Mexico is told that they must undergo an operation, it is reasonable for that person to be concerned about their safety before, during and after the procedure. As with any course of treatment, there are generally risks associated with surgeries. However, in addition to what some may consider reasonable and understandable risks, there is also the potential that an error may be made.
Going to a New Mexico medical facility for minor surgery can be nerve-wracking for both you and your loved ones, despite the doctor’s experience and expertise. At Curtis & Lucero, we have experience representing clients who have been injured due to improper use of medical equipment.
For many people in New Mexico, the thought of undergoing even the most minor surgery is cause for concern. The idea that a medical error could have catastrophic results due to wrong site surgery can be terrifying. The National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that never events such as wrong-site errors are rare when compared to other preventable medical errors. However, when they occur, the consequences may be disastrous.
Iatrogenic infections occur as a result of medical treatment. According to the American Bar Association, iatrogenic infections kill as many as 99,000 patients in the United States, including New Mexico, every year. These infections commonly occur as a result of improperly sterilized medical equipment coming in contact with bodily tissues.
When your doctor tells you that a surgical procedure is necessary, you want to know all the details before you check in to the New Mexico facility where it will be performed. If one of the recommendations is for robotic surgery, you may want to do a little research first.
When taking surgical errors into consideration, some people envision a negligent surgeon who fails to perform an operation properly. For example, a surgical operation may be performed on the wrong site or, in some istances, even the wrong patient. While this is terrifying, there are other ways in which surgical errors occur. Sometimes, negligent operating room staff are responsible for life-threatening mistakes. When this occurs, those who fail to live up to expectations because of negligent behavior have to be held responsible.
For those who need to have an organ transplant, various concerns may keep them awake at night prior to the operation or afterward. If you are preparing for such a procedure, you might worry about the short-term and long-term impact of the transplant. In fact, you could very well be concerned about the procedure itself. Unfortunately, some people have had the terrifying experience of having an organ transplanted into their body improperly or another issue related to the operation (such as not removing a surgical implement). In New Mexico, it is pivotal for victims of organ transplant errors to fight for their legal rights.
We have discussed some of the different surgical errors that patients suffer from, such as those involving the wrong site or the wrong patient. However, there are others that occur, such as wrong procedure errors, which can be especially devastating, depending on the incorrect operation that was performed. There are a variety of reasons why a surgeon may perform the wrong procedure on a patient, but the consequences can be extremely damaging regardless of the factors that led to the mistake. In Albuquerque, and across all of New Mexico, a patient who has an incorrect procedure performed on them may suffer a number of harsh consequences, from worsened conditions and completely unnecessary suffering to the loss of their life.
It is a scary thought to even think about, but medical mistakes and errors happen. And these errors happen a lot more than you probably realize.
You underwent surgery to solve one problem, and came out with another one. You may have lost feeling in a limb, developed new weakness in your leg or feel a continual burning sensation in your arm.