Baltimore Surgery Complication Lawyer
While some surgeries are elective, many people have to undergo operations for medical reasons. If they don’t, they could suffer health complications.
But a person can experience health complications by undergoing surgery as well. Operations are major and come with risks. A person can suffer bleeding, pain, infections, and other issues.
Sometimes these complications happen no matter what. However, patients need to be informed of these risks. Also, there are situations in which a doctor’s negligence can make complications more likely to occur.
If you suffered from a preventable complication during surgery, you may be able to hold the doctor liable for their negligence. A Baltimore surgery complication lawyer from Furman | Honick Law can help you with your claim.
Common Types of Complications
Some people are more likely than others to develop complications after surgery. Risk factors include:
- Your age
- Your medical history
- Your overall health
- Extent of the disease or injury
- Type of surgery performed
- Your body’s tolerance for specific procedures and medications
Complications during surgery may include:
- Shock refers to a reduction of blood flow throughout the body, most likely by reduced blood pressure. Treatment may include stopping blood loss, using blankets to reduce heat loss, blood infusion, medication, and oxygen therapy.
- Hemorrhage refers to rapid blood loss. Treatment may include blood transfusions and infusions of saline solution.
- Wound infection. Bacteria can enter a surgical site, causing an infection. An infection can delay healing and spread throughout the bloodstream or to adjacent organs. Treatment typically involves antibiotics.
- Pulmonary complications. Pulmonary complications can occur due to lack of deep breathing. This can also be caused by inhaling food, water, or blood.
- Deep vein thrombosis. Blood clotting may occur within deep-lying veins. Large blood clots can break free and clog arteries, causing heart failure. Treatment typically involves medications.
- Urinary retention. The inability to empty the bladder may occur after surgery. This is often temporary and is caused by the anesthetic. A catheter is used to drain the bladder until the patient regains bladder control.
- Reaction to anesthesia. Some patients develop allergies or reactions to anesthesia. A patient can suffer lightheadedness, liver toxicity, and other medical issues.
Suing for Surgical Complications
Keep in mind that not every negative outcome is grounds for a malpractice lawsuit. The harm must be caused by a surgeon’s failure to act appropriately, causing a significant error.
A medical malpractice lawsuit must demonstrate negligence by the doctor. This will depend on factors such as:
- The applicable standard of care
- How the doctor deviated from the standard
- How the substandard care led to injury
Contact Furman | Honick Law Today
Surgery complications can be severe in nature. They may cause organ damage, severe bleeding, infections, and other health issues.
The experienced Baltimore surgery complication lawyers at Furman | Honick Law can help you get the compensation you deserve for your damages. Schedule a free consultation by calling (410) 844-6000 or filling out the online form.