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Your Surgery Went Wrong. What Should You Do Next?

Posted by Scott M. Peterson | Jun 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

We hear about situations where someone's surgery goes horribly wrong, but no one ever thinks it will happen to them. Thousands of people undergo surgery every single day, right? It is true that approximately 95 percent of surgeries go as planned, but there are times when complications occur and patients and their families begin to ask, “Why?” 

The first thing to remember when a surgery goes wrong is that it is not always because the surgeon or someone on his team did something negligent. Surgery can change your life for the better, but most procedures also come with a list of risks, and patients must knowingly accept these risks before the operation begins. When you read and signed those papers, you were acknowledging the risks involved.

Every patient is different, and those with pre-existing conditions, such as heart, lung, or liver problems are usually more in danger of complications. Even being overweight or obese can be a hazard on the operating table. These are just things to keep in mind before automatically blaming a medical professional for any negative side effects.

If you feel that your surgery went wrong and it was due to the hospital's negligence, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Most attorneys, including D'Orazio Peterson, offer free initial consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose by making an appointment. You will be able to get an attorney's professional opinion and determine whether or not you should move forward with a negligence case. In the meantime, document absolutely everything and hold on to any medical records or documents you have in your possession—this type of evidence can be key to a successful hospital negligence case.

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About the Author

Scott M. Peterson

Scott M. Peterson is the founding partner of D'Orazio Peterson, having left a partnership at a large regional law firm to limit his practice and focus on helping people protect their families.


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