Many Kentucky residents will undergo surgery during their lifetime. Most of the time, a surgery goes as expected and the patient receives good results. But, occasionally a surgical error occurs which is not expected it can lead to very serious results for the patient, including death. In these situations, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.
Surgical errors affect thousands of patients across the United States each year. It may seem crazy that these events occur, but for many families, this has become a reality. Although most surgeons are careful not to cause harm to their patient, unexpected negligence still exists. Some more common surgical errors including operating on the wrong body part, a patient can develop a serious post-surgical infection, foreign surgical objects like sponges, scalpels, etc. can be left inside a patient, among many other situations. Any of these situations can cause a patient serious harm, including death.
If a family has been affected by an unexpected surgical error, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in personal injury. An attorney can help the family figure out what happened to cause the injury. An attorney understands the significance of a surgical error with families now facing unexpected expenses and emotional trauma. A lawsuit can hold the negligent surgeon liable for their mistake and compensation may be available to help address the financial results of the negligence, including funeral expenses, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.
No one should expect that the surgery they are about to undergo will actually result in their unexpected death. Unfortunately, many families in Kentucky and across the United States have to deal with this reality each year. When it does happen, the law allows for important remedies and financial recovery that can help a grieving family.