As we were reminded in the recent case of Joan Rivers, even seemingly routine surgery always comes with an inevitable element of risk. When there is a surgeon mistake or negligent operating room staff, a patient’s life is put in danger, and the harm may prove fatal.
If medical malpractice or hospital negligence is at fault, you can file a lawsuit against the negligent party, which can help with the expenses of recovery even if your insurance company may not cover all of your costs.
In South Carolina, medical malpractice suits can arise from errors in most any surgery, including laparoscopic, gall bladder, robotic, orthopedic and bypass, as well as those involving the eyes, brain, anesthesia and foreign bodies.
A careless surgeon who may be responsible for a fatal or serious medical mistake, such as surgical equipment left inside a patient, or improper organ transplant, is potentially liable to provide compensation to the patient under the law. If he or she works at a hospital, then his or her employer may also share in responsibility for any injuries.
Wrong-site surgeries or improper usage of medical equipment can also become fatal surgical errors. It is possible to sue a surgeon or hospital if you were not informed in advance of all the risks involved in a surgery. Just compensation for any serious injury can be worth pursuing in court.
The firm of Furr & Henshaw is knowledgeable of medical standards, and investigates all of our clients’ cases thoroughly, after a traumatic surgical event, to ensure that they receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
Whether you have experienced an injury yourself or had to suffer pain and loss of a loved one from an operation, you may have a good case that we can vigorously pursue on your behalf.