A surgical error can cost you more than just time and money; it can lead to serious health complications, pain, and even a permanent disability. While the person who is responsible for avoiding a surgical error is the operating surgeon and his team, there are a few things that you can do to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of medical malpractice.
1. Ask Questions
Do not hesitate to ask questions about your surgery or your health condition. If something does not feel or seem right to you, speak up. Asking questions not only provides you with answers, but it can also help to clarify things for the surgeon, too. Recording answers to questions in a notepad can also help. You can also ask doctors to make a list of important things that you need to know.
2. Bring a Friend
When you meet with your surgeon or your doctor about your surgery, bring a trusted family member, partner, or friend along with you. Sometimes, your own emotions about a surgery can impair your ability to think about it clearly; another person can help to ask questions and listen for pertinent information. A trusted friend or family member may hear or notice things that you would have missed otherwise.
3. Confirm Surgical Details Right before Surgery
Before you go into your surgery, you will likely meet with the surgeon or surgical team – if you do not, make sure you request a quick consultation. During this meeting, confirm important details. This includes confirming the following.
- Your name
- The procedure to be performed
- The body part to be operated upon
- Whether or not you will be given anesthesia
Confirm anything else that may be pertinent to your surgery or your well being. In fact, you can even ask the surgeon to mark the body part he will be operating on with you in the room to ensure that the right body part is marked.
What do I do if a surgical error occurred?
Even when you are proactive about staying informed, a surgical error can still occur. If this happens, you are not alone – the medical malpractice attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC want to meet with you. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we can help you discover why your surgical error occurred, prove the negligence of the at-fault party, and demonstrate throughout the course of a civil action the extent of damages that you have suffered. To meet with us at no cost and no obligation today, contact us now at 215-642-2335.