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Organ Damage During Surgery

Surgical Malpractice Lawyers Assisting Patients in Baltimore

Organ damage during surgery can lead to a variety of health problems that can sometimes be life-long. In the most serious cases, organ damage can even lead to death. If you suffered organ damage during surgery, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault surgeon. At Arfaa Law Group, our skilled Baltimore surgical malpractice lawyers can gather the information that we need to evaluate your claim and help figure out the viability of your case. Medical malpractice cases are subject to strict legal deadlines, so you should not delay in taking action.

Organ Damage

Mistakes during surgery can lead to an organ being punctured or perforated. This can happen due to an accidental slip of a surgeon’s hand or a tissue tear by a surgical instrument during a procedure. Depending on the severity of the harm, the injury may constitute a medical emergency. The long-term effect of organ damage can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. Some signs of organ damage are obvious, while others are subtle. Symptoms of organ damage during surgery may include:

  • Infections;
  • Blood in stool or urine;
  • Septic shock;
  • Fatigue;
  • Abdominal pain; or
  • Paleness of skin.

However, the list of symptoms above is not exhaustive. There may be a wide range of other signs and symptoms that should alert your doctor to potential organ damage.

Holding a Negligent Surgeon Accountable for Organ Damage

No surgery is without risk, but some types of harm are entirely preventable if the surgeon uses the appropriate level of care. If you believe that your organ damage was a result of a botched surgery or another medical error, you may be able to recover compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice occurs when your doctor, or another medical professional, causes harm by failing to provide care and treatment that adheres to the acceptable standard of care. The standard of care is defined as the level of care that an ordinarily prudent doctor or medical professional would have used under the same or similar circumstances. The standard of care varies depending on a number of factors. It is important to note that it is not sufficient to show that the doctor breached the standard of care. Moreover, it must be shown that the doctor’s breach was a direct and proximate cause of the patient’s injury. In short, if the doctor’s deviation from the standard of care did not cause the patient any harm, there is no medical malpractice case.

Compensation for Organ Damage Caused by Malpractice

A surgeon’s error can trigger a wide range of medical bills and may require follow up surgery, which may compel the patient to take time off from work (and lose income). A patient who is suffering as a result of a medical professional’s negligence should not be forced to bear the burden associated with the medical mistake alone. Thankfully, Maryland law allows victims of medical malpractice to recover compensation for their injuries. This legal remedy seeks to make the patient whole again. In other words, compensation is intended to put the patient in the position in which he or she was before the harm took place. Our attorneys can assess the true extent of your damages and help you seek medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, the cost of prescription medication, and more. Each case is different, and the exact amount of damages that you will be entitled to obtain will depend on a variety of factors.

Contact a Seasoned Baltimore Attorney for a Surgical Malpractice Case

Any injury to an organ can be catastrophic. If you or someone close to you has suffered preventable organ damage during surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At Arfaa Law Group, our skilled Baltimore attorneys can thoroughly investigate your case and help you determine your legal options and next steps. We offer each prospective client a free initial consultation, so call us today at 410-889-1850 or contact us online.