There is always a risk involved in any surgical procedure. WebMD reported that between 1990 and 2010 there were 10,000 surgical mistakes called “never events.” These “never events” included leaving a sponge inside a patient’s body, or performing the wrong procedure on the patient. Surgery is stressful enough, and no patient wants to hear afterwards that something went wrong. However, it is important to be aware of this phenomenon just in case it happens to you. A few things to consider when coping with a surgical error are listed in this article.
Understand Medical Malpractice Coverage
Before going in for surgery, you need to understand what your medical insurance covers, as well as what the “informed consent” agreement, which you will have signed from your doctor, includes. To be considered a true surgical error, the known risks of injury that were stated in the “informed consent” agreement must be exceeded. If you have suffered a true surgical error, you should consult a legal authority like McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C. on medical malpractice to help you get compensated for the surgeons’ error.
Consider Psychological Counseling
Surgery is stressful for every patient, but especially when there has been an error. Dealing with legal, personal, and health issues can put a great tax on your body and mind. A great way to deal with these issues is to look into counseling with a registered psychologist in your area. Talk therapy is often a great tool in combatting depression, anxiety, and stress. A therapist can help you manage your emotions and think clearly through your stressful situation.
Consider Psychiatric Help
Although counseling can work great for some people, if you feel there is a need to enhance your counseling experience you should ask about psychiatric help. Seeing a psychologist in tandem with a psychiatrist may help increase the success of your recovery. Psychiatrists can prescribe anti-depressants to help enhance your counseling sessions, and lift you out of your psychological distress.
Dealing with a surgical error is a great strain for you and your loved ones. The best you can do is arm yourself and others with knowledge about the different legal and psychological services that are available to help you deal with surgical errors. If you prepare for a surgical error, or are in the midst of one now, take a look into these strategies and talk with professionals to help you get the care you deserve both legally and psychologically.