A story that may be of interest to those in Washington, D.C. involves a woman in another state who ended up losing her hands and her feet after a surgical procedure to remove her fallopian tubes. Whenever surgical errors lead to the death, disfigurement or further illness or injury to patients, the victims or their family members may pursue civil claims against the health care providers for the damages they caused. The woman in this case has already filed suit against the hospital where the procedure took place as well as against several doctors involved.
When doctors recommend a surgical procedure, many patients may feel a sense of trepidation or anxiety. Regardless, most trust in their health care practitioners' expertise when a procedure is deemed necessary. As frightening as surgery may sometimes feel, most Washington, D.C. patients agree to undergo operations with the unspoken understanding that the procedure will help them get better, not worse. Yet in another state, a recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit is alleging that's exactly what happened.
Undergoing an operation can be stressful enough without having to worry whether additional procedures will be necessary to fix any mistakes made by the surgeon. Yet in a state not far from Washington, D.C., this was apparently just what occurred, at least according to a recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit. A Veterans Affairs hospital is facing accusations of negligence after a man had to have an operation to remove a surgical instrument left inside his abdomen from a procedure that had taken place approximately four years prior.
Whether in Washington, D.C., or anywhere in the nation, surgeons are supposed to be some of the most highly trained of all health care providers. This is to ensure that they can perform intricate surgical procedures precisely, as surgical errors put patients' health and well-being at stake. In another state, a recently filed lawsuit appears to illustrate this very point.
Many Washington, D.C., residents dislike hospitals and fear surgery, but they find a way to overcome their fright by trusting in their doctors' training and expertise. For the unfortunate few patients who find themselves suffering in the aftermath of surgical errors, however, these fears prove to be well founded. What are patients to do when a health care provider's negligent mistake leaves them seriously – and sometimes permanently – injured and in pain?
When Washington, D.C., residents or their family members undergo surgery, they are literally entrusting their lives to the hands of another. Surgeons are supposed to be specially trained and highly skilled to ensure that patients receive only the best care possible. To this end, one grieving daughter in another state is asking why a surgeon with a number of medical malpractice claims already against him was allowed by a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital to operate on her father, with fatal results.
Operations can be lifesaving and Washington, D.C., is full of top-notch surgeons who take their career responsibilities seriously. Unfortunately, not all doctors -- in D.C. or elsewhere in the nation -- are always so careful. When surgical errors do occur, they can be particularly devastating, as the very procedure that was supposed to make the patient better instead leaves him or her worse off than before, sometimes permanently.
In Washington, D.C., no matter how necessary and life-saving a surgical procedure may be, surgery usually causes most people to worry. Rightly so, as surgical procedures all carry some degree of risk; things can go wrong even with the most highly trained and experienced of surgeons. Unfortunately, at the other end of the spectrum lies surgeons who are not careful enough, and when a patient places his or her trust in a health care professional only to suffer due to surgical errors caused by careless inattention, someone should be held responsible.
Most patients in Washington, D.C. are aware that surgeries – even the most minor ones – carry at least some degree of risk. Human bodies can be unpredictable. What should not be unpredictable, though, is the standard of care to which surgeons are expected to adhere, because when surgical errors occur, the results can be devastating.
Anyone in Washington, D.C. who has undergone surgery or has a family member or loved one who needed an operation likely knows just how worrisome the process can be. Even in relatively routine procedures, a lot can go wrong, as there are inherent risks and sometimes unforeseeable complications. However, surgical errors and mistakes are another matter entirely, one with which patients should not need to concern themselves.