In the United States, there are currently over 123,000 people – men, women, and children – who are in need of organ transplants to save their life. Another name is added every 10 minutes to the national organ transplant waiting list. Unfortunately, an average of 21 people die every day due to delays in receiving the organ they need. In 2014, roughly 24,000 organ transplants are made possible by over 8,500 deceased donors and nearly 6,000 transplants from living donors.
An organ transplant can be a life-saver for those who suffer from certain diseases or conditions. Each year, hundreds of organ transplant procedures are performed and in some cases, there can be devastating mistakes. The consequences for organ transplant patients can often be disastrous when medical malpractice takes place.
Organ Transplant Malpractice
Not all surgeries are carried out hygienically and with a high standard of care, and as a result, complications can occur. Some of the irregularities that have occurred due to organ transplant malpractice include:
· Organ transplant without approval
· Patients getting organs which are infected or diseased
· Surgeons leaving surgical equipment in the body
· Patients organs and donor’s blood type not being compatible
· Other parts of the body being injured during surgery
· Occurrence of injuries as a result of anesthesia
· Operation on the wrong patient or wrong organ or body part
All of the complications cited above can be extremely life-threatening. These mistakes, along with other inaccuracies as a result of medical malpractice, are often due to the negligence of the medical surgeon. Some instances of negligence are operation while feeling overly stressed, lack of communication among hospital staff members, lack of proper planning prior to the surgery, inappropriate use of alcohol or drugs by the practicing surgeon, incompetence of the surgeon, and the surgeon being generally negligent.
Patients have a right to expect compensation for pain and suffering as well as medical expenses if he or she can provide evidence that the surgeon has been inconsistent and errors have occurred, consequently leading to bodily harm.
Consulting an Organ Transplant Malpractice Attorney
A complete and comprehensive understanding of the laws surrounding organ transplant malpractice is required in order to file a lawsuit against a negligent surgeon. Familiarity on how to prove accountability as well as negligence is also of paramount importance. If a patient has been harmed while undergoing surgery, or if a loved one has been lost because of an error as a result of medical malpractice, seeking immediate legal council is advised.
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to the negligence of your surgeon during an organ transplant surgery, you should seek the help of one of the medical malpractice attorneys at RMFW Law at 212-697-9280.
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