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Post-surgical complications can be signs of medical malpractice

Every time you undergo a surgery or other medical procedure in Maryland, there is a chance that things will not go as smoothly as you hope. Surgical complications can cause serious injury to a patient and make the healing process much more difficult. While some complications are unavoidable, many others occur because of the actions or inactions of a negligent medical professional.

Often, complications will occur after a surgery is complete. Patients may experience shock, or an extreme drop in blood pressure that causes reduced blood flow through the body. Many patients also experience issues regarding the site of surgery, including hemorrhaging, rapid bleeding, and wound infections. Many patients also suffer from deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Generally, this means that the patient suffers a blood clot in a large vein that proceeds to travel from the vein to the lungs, cutting off the flow of blood.

The reality is that many complications are caused by factors beyond a doctor's control. Patients differ with regards to their health, lifestyle habits, immune system, and ability to heal, all of which can have a profound effect on an individual's ability to handle a medical operation. If the complication is out of the doctor's hands, then they may not be responsible if something unexpected occurs. However, in many cases, surgeons make mistakes that cause unnecessary complications. A surgeon who misplaces a suture, fails to properly close an incision site, or fails to sterilize a breathing tube, for example, may be liable for any complications that occur post-surgery.

During an operation, and in the days and weeks following the surgery, doctors, nurses, and other medical staffers responsible for your care are required to carefully monitor your condition and act immediately if something goes awry. Failing to pay attention to symptoms or run appropriate tests, or discharging a patient prematurely may also be considered negligence. Consult with a medical malpractice attorney to find out if the surgical complications you experienced warrant filing a medical malpractice claim.

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