Medical professionals are entrusted with the lives and well-being of their patients, and those who live here in Connecticut are no exception. When a doctor or other healthcare provider makes a mistake, it can sadly result in injury or even a fatality. Recently, a couple from out of state decided to pursue civil claims relating to surgery performed on the husband and the harm he says he sustained due to surgical errors.
Many people here in Connecticut are in need of a potentially life-saving transplant. Usually, a transplant is taken from a deceased donor, but occasionally, living donors are used for certain procedures. These surgeries can be successful in treating the ill person and may have no lasting adverse effects on the donor, but all too often surgical errors can occur, and a donor may lose his or her life. Recently, a case like this happened out of state, and the possible error of doctors has torn two families apart.
When a Connecticut patient needs surgery, he or she must place trust in the physician who performs the procedure. Patients are reassured by the professionalism and training of their surgeon that they will be in good hands. Unfortunately, mistakes can happen, and surgical errors do occur. For example, a woman living out of state recently lost her legs due to an error that occurred during what should have been a routine procedure.
In modern medicine, many doctors are making use of robotic technology for surgery. Robotic surgery can mean shorter recovery time, lowered medical expenses, and even allow doctors to perform operations without being in the same room as the patient. However, as with any technology, it is not without possibility of error. Connecticut residents may have to face the consequences of surgical errors as a result of robotic surgery.
When children reach their teens, many are faced with having their tonsils removed. This has become such a routine procedure that many teens just expect that they are going to have their tonsils removed no matter what. Some doctors also take preemptive action and suggest a patient gets their tonsils removed even if their medical problems don't entirely warrant it.
One type of surgical procedure that doctors here in Connecticut sometimes perform on patients is a surgery to remove a previously installed medical device. It is incredibly important for doctors to not act negligently during medical device removal surgeries. Negligence during such surgeries can lead to harmful surgical errors, such as the accidental cutting/perforating of an organ or the leaving behind of pieces of a medical device inside of the patient.
When it comes to reporting instances of surgical errors, we often chose to report on ones that are within the state of Connecticut because we realize how important it is for our readers to know about the mistakes that go on around them. But sometimes it’s important for us to point out stories from other states to show that mistakes can happen anywhere, but are nevertheless just as serious.
One type of surgical procedure that individuals here in Connecticut sometimes end up having to undergo is an organ removal procedure. Sometimes, such procedures are necessitated by a medical condition a person has or injuries a person suffered in an accident (such as a car accident). However, sometimes, the need for an organ removal surgery isn't caused by the natural progression of a condition/injury, but rather is caused by a mistake made by a medical professional. Recently, in another state (Louisiana), a case has arisen in which a man alleges that he was the victim of such a mistake.
Connecticut's State Medical Examining Board holds the ability to revoke a doctor's license if it's deemed he or she is unfit to practice. In addition to this power, the board can also assess fines on doctors for negligent actions. Recently, the committee handled the cases of three doctors accused of negligence, including one doctor who performed spinal-disc surgery on the wrong part of a patient's body.
Surgeries can help with a wide variety of medical problems. However, there are certain risks that come along with undergoing a surgical procedure.