When are Surgical Complications Medical Malpractice?

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It is not always clear that a surgical mistake or complication is caused by medical malpractice. Our lawyers work closely with medical experts in reviewing the hospital records to determine if there is a case. But how do people know to call a lawyer in the first place?

In this video, Georgia medical malpractice attorney Kathy McArthur tells a story about her former client who experienced a surgical error. She did not know the medical error had taken place, but she experienced much more pain after the surgery than was normal, and her doctor dismissed her telephone calls. Only when she went to the emergency room did they discover something was very, very wrong.

If you have had recent surgery and you are experiencing pain or complications, contact your doctor at once. If that doctor will not listen to your concerns, do not hesitate to go to the emergency room and/or obtain a second opinion. Then reach out to a medical negligence lawyer.

Video Transcription

We had a case involving a 24-year-old female, who a doctor didn’t know why she was complaining of pain. He did laparoscopic surgery, it ended up that while he was in there just looking around through the scope, which is, you just make a couple of small incisions on the sides and that the belly button and go in with the camera you look around to see if there’s anything wrong causing this which we found that to be a very unusual procedure to do on a 24-year-old to begin with. Turned out what had happened when he was in there was he had cut her bowel. He didn’t know he had done it. Of course he didn’t do it on purpose. If he had simply said “come back in, I think something’s wrong. You’re complaining of too much pain for what I did to you.” They called four times over the course of the next week. Finally the mother called and said “I’m taking her to the emergency room.” She ended up with 1 million dollars in medical expenses. She was transferred by Life Flight to Atlanta, stayed in the hospital in a coma for a month. I mean she totally went through hell because the physician didn’t give legitimacy to her complaints of pain following a surgical procedure. He didn’t even have her come back in. When do you know to call a lawyer? Well when something like that happens you’re in a bad position. You don’t understand why the doctor didn’t call you back, didn’t listen to your complaint, and then it turns out you’re right. It’s something terrible. That’s when to call lawyer. It doesn’t cost anything to get your questions answered and people feel a lot better. Someone on their side has looked at it and said “you were not malpractice” or “yes you were this should be proceeded on it should never have happened.” And that’s what we do and I believe it’s a real service to the medical profession and it’s a service to the public in general. At the McArthur law firm, our job is to fight for you to make sure you get justice and reasonable compensation for your injuries. To get in touch with us, call 1-888-WE-FIGHT (1-888-933-9448) or go to our website McArthurLawFirm.com.