Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals undergo surgical procedures. While the majority of these cases are successful and go without incident, some of them result in injury. One cause of significant injury in the OR is burns. If you or someone you know received a burn injury during a surgical procedure, it may be in your best interest to speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Surgical staff, nursing staff and physicians take a great deal of care to ensure patient safety during surgical procedures. Unfortunately, despite these safety practices, burn injuries still happen. When they do, patients can be left in significant pain, with debilitating injuries or physical deformity. When you endure a burn injury, it is important to work with experienced professionals to identify the cause of the injury and hold negligent hospitals responsible.
Burn injuries in the OR can be caused by many different things. Some burn injuries are the result of electrical devices. While under anesthesia, patients are monitored closely by several machines. Occasionally, a short in these devices can burn patients. If not carefully and promptly treated, these electrical burns can result in significant deformity, scarring and pain.
Surgical burn injuries can also be the result of the chemicals commonly used during surgical procedures. Iodine prep solutions, ethylene oxide and electrode conductive paste can produce an immediate chemical reaction when applied to a patient’s skin. These reactions can also result in significant pain and scarring.
If you have suffered a burn injury during a surgical procedure, you may be entitled to compensation. Working with an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help get you the compensation you need to recover, while holding negligent hospitals accountable.