People undergo surgery for a variety of reasons, such as to improve their health, quality of life, or appearance. But when negligently performed, surgery can cause permanent disfigurement and life-altering injuries. Victims of this type of negligence may be able to undergo further surgeries to correct the damage, but sometimes corrective or reconstructive surgery is not successful. In such a case, patients are left with permanent disfigurements that can destroy their confidence and severely alter their quality of life, and they should be fairly compensated.
Surgery, whether done for health or cosmetic reasons, always carries risk. Things like infection, reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, and scarring are all possible and can’t always be predicted or prevented. That said, sometimes preventable and foreseeable mistakes are made. Errors can result from miscommunication, lack of training, poor technique, lack of experience, bad planning, and failure to correctly prepare the patient for the procedure. When a procedure is botched, the victim can be left permanently disfigured, with visible and emotional scars.
When a surgical error results in disfigurement, many victims try to fix the damage through corrective or reconstructive surgery. In some cases, the damage can be partially repaired, but sometimes nothing can be done. Even in those instances where corrective surgery is able to restore a person’s appearance and quality of life, the victim of the botched surgery is still put through a considerable amount of pain and suffering, and a huge financial burden is placed on their shoulders. Pain and emotional trauma can be lifelong for victims with injuries that cannot be repaired.
If you have been the victim of a botched surgery that resulted in severe or permanent disfigurement, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the medical professional or facility responsible for your disfigurement. You may be feeling pain, fear, embarrassment, or even shame. However, a legal investigation is a way to take back control of your life and obtain just compensation for debt from multiple surgeries, lost wages, and any further costs your disfigurement may cause you to incur.
To file a successful malpractice case after a botched surgery, you must prove that negligence was the root cause of your sustained damages. You need to prove that the surgeon or surgical facility owed you a duty of care, that they failed in that duty, and that their failure caused harm resulting in specific, calculable damages.
Sometimes, it’s evident that a doctor’s negligence caused harm, but it can often be challenging to ascertain precisely what caused a surgery to have a poor outcome. Unexpected complications are always possible, and many negligent providers will claim that your injury was caused by something out of their control. If you want the best chance of winning your case, you need to unearth the underlying cause of your botched surgery.
Because it can be difficult to prove that medical malpractice occurred, it’s essential to look for a lawyer with experience dealing with malpractice cases like yours. You don’t have to go through this alone. When a legal team specializes in medical malpractice, they know what to look for in the medical records and can determine the best method of obtaining a successful outcome.
Generally, in Pennsylvania, you only have two years from the original botched surgery to file a case (with a few exceptions), so don’t delay. You have a right to be appropriately compensated for your injuries, and you deserve a legal team willing to fight for you.
The legal team at Ross Feller Casey has a nationally recognized reputation for obtaining record-setting results for the catastrophically injured. Our dedicated attorneys and Ivy League-trained doctors know what it takes to prove that medical malpractice has occurred, which is evident from the more than $3 billion we’ve recovered for our clients.
You deserve compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering you’ve endured, and we’re ready to take up the fight so that you can focus on healing. There’s no fee unless you win, and consultations are always free.
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