Postoperative Negligence Cases

post operative negligence

Medical negligence during surgery can cause catastrophic injuries and possibly wrongful death. However, even a successful surgery can have devastating health consequences if medical professionals do not properly monitor the patient in the hours and days after the procedure takes place. Postoperative medical malpractice can result in prolonged recovery times as well as serious infections and other consequences.

If you or someone close to you has been injured due to postoperative negligence, a medical malpractice attorney from Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can provide advice and advocacy. We have a proven record of success in obtaining compensation for people injured by medical negligence throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide. In one case, our attorneys represented a child who suffered spinal cord damage and paralysis as a result of postoperative negligence. Our law firm helped the family obtain a settlement of $6.3 million for the child’s future needs and care.

What is Postoperative Negligence?

The care that you receive after surgery can make the difference between a successful recovery and serious injury or wrongful death. After an operation, the surgical site and dressings must be cleaned regularly. Depending on the procedure, you may require specific medications and other attention for days or weeks afterward. If doctors and nurses are short-staffed or neglect safety measures and regulations, the warning signs of surgical complications may go unnoticed.

The possible injuries and effects that may result from postoperative negligence include:

  • Hospital-acquired infection. After surgery, patients often have weak immune systems, which makes them prone to infection. Postoperative negligence can result in the transmission or spread of a dangerous infection, such as MRSA. If left untreated, permanent injury or wrongful death may result.
  • Complications from surgery, such as internal bleeding. Without proper monitoring and care, doctors and nurses may not notice dangerous surgical errors or side effects. These complications, such as blood clots, may cause infection or more serious conditions.
  • Slip and fall accidents. When a patient is recovering from anesthesia or major surgery, a healthcare worker must ensure that he or she does not fall. Disorientation can cause patients to attempt to move or stand before it is safe for them to do so. Without proper supervision, injuries like broken bones, spine damage and brain injury are possible.
  • Medication errors. After surgery, patients may require many different medications at different times. Medical negligence can lead to medication errors like missed doses or administration of the incorrect drugs, which may have serious consequences.

Hurt Due to Medical Negligence After Surgery? Call a Medical Malpractice Attorney

The consequences of postoperative medical negligence can cause a prolonged recovery. However, you may be able to recover the expense of this extra medical treatment as well as lost wages and/or pain and suffering through a personal injury lawsuit. Our medical malpractice lawyers can thoroughly investigate your case to determine if your injury was the result of postoperative negligence. We seek evidence in medical records, surgery logs and other sources. We work with highly-qualified experts in postoperative care who can help us prepare compelling cases for our clients.

Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable Philadelphia or New Jersey medical malpractice attorney about your personal injury case. We offer free initial consultations and handle cases on a contingency fee basis.