For the most part, surgeries and other procedures done in New York and throughout the United States are relatively safe. However, there is always a chance that a doctor or other medical professional can make a mistake. According to one study, the wrong person was operated on at least 25 times over a period of 84 months in Colorado. Assuming that the right person is being treated, it is possible for a patient to receive the wrong blood.
Furthermore, there is a chance that the surgeon will operate on the right person but on the wrong part of his or her body. This can happen even after precautions are taken to prevent it from happening. If air is injected into the veins instead of a fluid, it can create an air bubble known as an air embolism. When these bubbles occur, they can block a vein or artery, which can lead to significant consequences.
Items such as a scalpel could be left in a patient’s body, and some will have multiple objects inside of them after an operation. While this doesn’t happen often, a person can actually wake up while his or her surgery is still underway. If this happens, an individual may not be able to move or ask for help. In some cases, a person won’t feel any pain despite this error occurring.
Those who are injured in a surgical procedure could be the victim of medical malpractice. An injured victim may wish to take legal action to obtain compensation for damages related to the medical error. Cases may be resolved outside of court, and an attorney may represent the victim throughout the legal process.