Failures in Post-Operative Care

When Post-Operative Treatment Fails

Post-operative care is the treatment that a patient receives after undergoing a surgical procedure. This treatment begins immediately following surgery, for the duration of the hospital stay, and may continue after the patient is discharged from the hospital.

If you were not properly taken care following a surgical procedure, and you suffered undue injuries as a result of the inadequate care, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice suit.

At Walker, Hamilton, Koenig & Burbidge, we have been representing injured patients in a broad range of medical malpractice cases for 25 years, including failures in post-operative care. With more than 100 years of collective experience, our San Francisco personal injury attorneys stand ready to pursue the compensation that you deserve.

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Post-Operative Failures

When a healthcare provider's post-operative care falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community, and the patient is harmed, it is considered a form of medical malpractice. Depending on the type of surgery, there are many complications that can arise during the post-operative period.

If the treating physician, nurses, or hospital staff fail to properly care for the patient, or if they fail to notice a complication, such acts or omissions can cause irreparable harm to the patient, with one such concern being infection.

Failures in post-operative care are associated with:

  • Medication errors
  • Allergic reactions to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Hemorrhage: internal or external
  • Airway obstruction
  • Hypoxia
  • Vomiting and aspiration
  • Residual narcosis

In order to have a successful medical malpractice claim, you will need to be able to prove that: 1) the hospital had a legal duty to care for you, 2) that duty was breached, 3) the breach caused your injuries, 4) you received substandard medical care, and 5) you suffered damages.

Without damages (losses which may be emotional or pecuniary), there is no basis for a claim, regardless of the medical provider's negligence.

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At Walker, Hamilton, Koenig & Burbidge, we are passionate about protecting the rights of patients and we believe that gross medical negligence should never be swept under the rug. If you experienced unnecessary harm because you received inadequate post-operative care, you could benefit significantly by speaking to a member of our legal team.

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