How Do I Seek Compensation for Wrong-Site Surgery?Mississippi Legal News
Surgery is a word many patients do not like to hear from their doctors because of all the complications that come with this type of medical procedure. You may have heard stories of surgical mistakes or medical malpractice and have concerns about this. Depending on the complexity of the procedure and other factors, surgical mistakes may or may not be more common. One common surgical mistake made by surgeons is called wrong-site surgery. If you have experienced damages caused by wrong-site surgery, consider hiring a Mississippi medical malpractice attorney to seek the compensation you need.
What Counts as Wrong-Site Surgery?
Wrong-site surgery is a type of surgical error that happens when a surgeon or other medical health professional operates on the wrong body part. This can be broken down into three main types of wrong-site surgeries:
- The wrong side of the body is operated on
- The wrong location of a body part or part of the body is operated on
- The wrong surgical operation is performed
Figuring out which of these categories your situation matches the most is paramount for a medical malpractice claim. You will need to know which wrong-site surgery was conducted on you and the names of the medical professionals involved. Depending on the damages, you may need to attain evidence like pictures of your injuries or medical records that show the negative effects caused by this surgical mistake.
There are several causes of wrong-site surgery. One of them is pressure to complete the surgery within a certain amount of time to prepare for other surgeries. Some doctors are also obligated to perform multiple surgical operations on the same patient, which can quickly lead to confusion or mistakes when under pressure. The most common cause is not having an organized system for verifying the surgical site and not double-checking medical record details.
What Do I Need for a Medical Malpractice Claim?
When you have suspicions or evidence that a medical professional made a surgical error that caused you injuries, then you may be able to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim. However, filing a strong medical malpractice claim involves quite a few steps and pieces of evidence. You will want to seek medical attention to have the injury and cause of injury officially documented in your medical records.
Taking pictures is important when the damages can be visibly seen. For internal bodily damages, you can have another medical professional look at these injuries with imaging tests. Then you can use these images as evidence.
Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Mississippi
Recovering from injuries caused by a surgical mistake is often disheartening. Knowing that the people you trusted to take care of you were unable to do so is difficult to face. Feel free to call the Germany Law Firm PLLC today at (607) 487-0555 to speak with a Jackson personal injury lawyer if you are struggling to prove your medical malpractice claim. You may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. One of our medical malpractice lawyers is ready to help you collect the evidence you need.