Given the often life-changing gravity of surgical procedures, one would think that no operation would fail or cause irreversible damage because of a trivial mistake on the surgeon's part. The truth, unfortunately, speaks to the contrary: close to 100,000 people die annually from these medical mistakes, often while in surgery.
Whether it's cutting the wrong limb, leaving tools behind, or using the wrong amount of anesthesia, thousands have paid for this malpractice with their health. Shockingly, the majority of surgical errors are categorized as "wrong site" mistakes. This is when the wrong body part is operated on. The resulting damage ranges from at least a permanent scar to death. Patients pay for this heinous oversight with pain, side effects, grueling physical therapy regiments, time, and hassle.
Just as appalling and almost as prevalent, Gossypiboma, the name for when a sponge is left in the body, can have similarly detrimental health effects. Not just sponges, but needles, tweezers, and even blades have been left behind in surgery patients. This can puncture or damage organs, cause infections, bleeding, pain, blindness, and the list goes on.
When a patient receives too much anesthesia, they can suffer brain damage and die. When a patient does not receive enough, they enter "anesthesia awareness," a semi-paralyzed state in which the patient feels pain but cannot move or talk. This often creates serious psychological issues as well. As a hard-working, paying patient, you are entitled to be treated with ample care, dignity, and respect.
If you or family has been wronged by any surgical errors, your search for Maryland Medical malpractice lawyers can start and end with the Snyder Litigation Team. With more than a billion dollars in settlements and verdicts, the Snyder Litigation Team has long established their efficacy as the Maryland region’s authority on medical malpractice.