It is not always easy to tell post-operation whether a person is experiencing pain due to a surgical error. People recovering from surgery must always inform their doctors if they are experiencing pain or unexpected side effects. In this video, medical malpractice attorney Nancy Winkler explains that people should speak up when experiencing discomfort and have family members advocate for them in hospital settings. If you are having difficulties or pain after surgery, speak to your doctor immediately and/or go to the emergency room.
In post-op situations, a lot of times you do have pain. You do have swelling. You might have some decreased respiration. But when you have bleeding, excessive bleeding or you have significantly decreased respiration, those are sometimes signals to your family that, “Hey, maybe I need to get answers.” You know what I always tell people is, hospitals are settings where you need to have an advocate there for you. You need to have a family member asking questions of the doctors, trying to get answers for you to determine whether everything is as it should be or if there is a problem. But in the event that something catastrophic does occur in the post-op setting, that’s a situation where a family member or the individual should seek out counsel to get an answer. It doesn’t cost you anything to come in for a consultation. In my firm, there’s never a charge to review medical records, to review a case and to try and get you some answers as to whether there is an actionable medical negligence claim. For more information about myself and our law firm, please go to ERlegal.com.