When Arizona residents are scheduled for surgery, they often worry about how the procedures will go. One issue that might cross their minds is the possibility that their medical teams might make medical mistakes. While surgery in the U.S. is considered to be safe, medical errors sometimes happen. Medical mistakes that do happen may have devastating consequences for the victims.
Many different things can go wrong during surgery. People are sometimes given overdoses of medications, and this can be fatal. Others are given blood that is the wrong type for them and suffer dangerous reactions. Because chest and feeding tubes look similar, they are sometimes mixed up. This can allow food and medication to be pumped into the chest instead of the stomach. If there is air in a needle that is used to inject something into a vein, it can cause a dangerous embolism that can be fatal.
During surgery, doctors may accidentally operate on the wrong body part or even on the wrong patient. Fires are sometimes caused by the surgical equipment that is used, and these fires may happen inside of a patient’s body. Some patients find out that their doctors left surgical instruments inside of their bodies after their surgeries are over. In addition, some people do not receive enough anesthetic medications and wake up while their surgeries are being performed.
It is unfortunate that fatal surgical errors happen. When they do and are caused by the negligence of the doctors or hospitals, the families of people who are killed might want to consider filing medical malpractice lawsuits. This may provide a way for the victims to hold the doctors and hospitals accountable for their actions and to recover compensation for their losses. Experienced medical malpractice lawyers may work with experts and investigators to build cases of liability for their clients.