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Surgery and the Risk of Medical Malpractice

There is much hype surrounding the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of famous comedian Joan Rivers. Joan Rivers was in a medically induced coma following the cardiac arrest she suffered during the fatal surgery, up until her death on the 4th of September. It will be some time before we know what really caused the much loved actress' untimely death. But what we do know now is that when it comes to surgeries and medical procedures, you can never be too careful in selecting your doctors because even a small mistake can cost you heavily in the years to come.

Why do medical errors occur?

Some medical errors happen because the doctor is completely at ease with the procedure he is performing and refuses to tell his patient the truth to avoid losing any money (he has staff to pay too!). Such fake or untruthful doctors do keep surfacing in the news every now and then and the law spends no time in putting them behind bars for good. Some other malpractice errors occur because doctors deviate from the standard practice and end up taking regrettable decisions. Take the recent case of this New York woman who went for a colonoscopy in an ambulatory surgery facility and suffered serious brain damage that ultimately led to his death.

An internal roadblock

This was supposed to be just a regular colonoscopy. The patient had been experiencing some bleeding from her rectum and was advised to undergo an endoscopy so that doctors could find the root cause of the problem. Now, as the gastroenterologist tried to maneuver the endoscope through the patient's bowels he was obstructed and could not move beyond a certain point.

The gastroenterologist's actions caused the patient to vomit some of the fluid contents that were in her stomach, and in her anesthetic state she ended up inhaling the vomit causing aspiration pneumonia. The presence of the foreign particles in her lungs caused the blood oxygen level to plummet and even though she had a blood oxygen monitor tapped on her finger, none of the attending doctors had a clue as to what had transpired until about five minutes later when they stopped the procedure.

A medical catastrophe

The patient was put into recovery and ideally all efforts should have been made to ensure no permanent brain damage was caused due to the low oxygen in her blood, but amazingly the attending anesthesiologist decided that the patient's condition was not severe enough to warrant attention. It was only forty minutes later that she was rushed to a hospital with acute breathing problems. But by then, the patient had suffered significant brain injury that caused her death two days later.

Being prepared for the risks

With the number of medical procedures that happen in America every day, medical malpractice cases have become de rigueur and some people in the medical community have even started to look at malpractice errors as an unfortunate and unavoidable side-effect of the practice. It is true that some accidents are unavoidable, but the majority of malpractice errors are results of wrong decisions and deviations from procedure.

Begin to put your case together

The next time you or your loved ones are in the mood for surgery or when you have to go under the knife because of aspects you cannot control, do not forget to check the credentials of the doctor you are considering. And if you believe that there has been a malpractice error, contact a reputable attorney and file for compensation without any delay. 

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