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What is postoperative negligence?

When Pennsylvanians like you head in for surgery, you expect your care to be smooth and free of mistakes. Unfortunately, that isn’t necessarily always going to be the case. Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C., are here to help you if you find yourself having issues before, during, or after your surgery.

Let’s take a look at issues that can arise after a surgical procedure. Postoperative negligence is a blanket term used to describe what happens when you have a complication, injury, or other issue that happens after your operation has successfully finished. The reasons for this issue can vary, but it’s likely due to the medical staff at the hospital.

The most common example of this type of negligence is seen in postoperative infections. The infection itself may not have occurred due to negligent actions, though it’s possible that substandard cleanliness is responsible for it. However, it can become a case of negligence if a doctor does not catch your infection in time to treat it properly, or if they prescribe medication that does not work.

In extreme cases of postoperative negligence, you may be forced to re-enter surgery, take harsh antibiotics, or even face severe injury due to any unchecked infection. It’s even possible for a patient to die due to complications stemming from postoperative negligence.

Cases that deal with postoperative medical malpractice and its related issues can be tricky to deal with. For that reason, it can help to have a legal professional by your side. Reading more about malpractice cases may also help you to prepare. You can visit the link here to view our page on postoperative medical malpractice for more information.

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