Surgical malpractice can result in severe injury, or in extreme cases, death. However, many patients who suffer surgical malpractice are unable to immediately uncover the malpractice, except in the most obvious cases. Instead, patients may suffer for years before finally getting a confirmation that the original surgeon committed an error.
Why Surgical Malpractice Cases Often Go Undetected
Here are three reasons why surgical errors go undetected:
1. The surgeon assures the patient that everything looks good.
In many instances, the surgeon or specialist who committed the malpractice is unwilling to admit the error. In addition, patients naturally want to believe what their doctors tell them. So, in a case of a surgical error where the surgeon does not admit the error or even actively conceals the error, the patient has no real way to uncover the error.
2. Other doctors, even if they suspect the error, are unlikely to point the error out to the patient.
In many situations of surgical error, doctors within the same practice and even those outside of the practice are often unwilling to point the finger and reveal the error. The medical community is a small one, even in big cities like Philadelphia. Doctors tend to protect each other. This is more so with doctors within the same practice or same health system.
3. Other health problems may mask the symptoms.
When people suffer from multiple health issues, those health issues may mask the cause of the symptoms. This is another reason why a patient may have difficulty discovering the cause of the symptoms.
Statute of limitations issues are time-sensitive and require analysis by a qualified medical malpractice lawyer.
Related Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Legal Articles:
- Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Cases Involving Medical Devices
- Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Law – The Discovery Rule & The Statute of Limitations
- Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases – Filing a Certificate of Merit
- Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Law – The Statute of Limitations in Surgical Error Cases
- Pennsylvania’s Statute of Limitations in Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Cases
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Published: August 23, 2012