Sometimes in our lives some of us may have the need to undergo an operation. This could be anything from a minor procedure to something much more serious. However all operations have one thing in common. They all require us to have complete trust in the surgeon performing the procedure.
For the most part this trust is extremely well-placed. After all surgeons receive years’ of training to be able to perform to the highest standards. They are extremely well-trained and able to deal with all manner of issues that may arise during the type of surgery they specialise in.
However there are cases where operations have gone wrong for one reason or another. While they are extremely rare, some incidents involve situations where the surgeon is later found to have been negligent in their care.
A negligent operation can result in life-long problems for the individual who went through it. This can lead to a complete change in the way they lead their life, and it can be hugely upsetting and stressful to go through, regardless of the type of operation they had. While it is rare each individual will find it to be a horrible experience.
How could an operation be deemed to be negligent?
There are many examples that might apply here. For example an operation may not have been needed in the first place. Another example might be that someone has unnecessary procedures done while under anaesthetic without having been asked in the first place.
Every patient must provide consent for procedures to be done, so this type of potential issue can be very serious indeed. Thankfully these cases are highly rare, although when they do happen they have far-reaching effects for those involved, so it pays to find out more if this includes you.
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Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown