Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the US. For inpatient incidents, 34% of medical malpractice claims consist of surgery errors. When it comes to outpatient side, 46% of all medical malpractice claims are made up of errors in diagnosis.
Victims of surgical errors are particularly vulnerable to damage and bleeding of internal organs, which sometimes can be caused by the negligence of one or more of the medical professionals performing the surgical procedure.
Internal organ damage generally calls for surgery and often results in the loss of a portion of the organ or the complete organ itself for example a section of the bowel or intestines. In many accident cases, internal bleeding as well as organ damage is overlooked as the symptoms may be misleading or cannot be seen. This can lead to grievous complications and even death at times!
Common Types of Internal Organ Damage
There are a number of types of internal organ damage which include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): The brain can be pushed violently against the skull due to a sudden jolt or a blow to the head. The skull can get fractured and the brain can tear as a result of a penetrating injury. A TBI can range from a mild concussion that takes just a few weeks to clear up to serious brain damage that causes the victim to need medical care and assistance for the remainder of their life.
- Abdominal injuries: Surgical malpractice or traumatic accidents can cause damage to the lungs, liver, kidneys, stomach and other major internal organs. Bleeding from pierced bowels or damaged internal organs can cause infection if they are not treated, typically resulting in the need for surgical repair.
- Chest injuries: Broken ribs or a ruptured diaphragm can be caused by a blow to the chest. Broken ribs could splinter and puncture certain organs. Also, a sharp blow to the chest could cause the sternum to break. Last but not least, when the heart suffers traumatic injury, including bleeding from a ruptured aorta, often leads to death.
- Internal bleeding: A victim can go into shock if there is severe blood loss from damage to an internal organ. Shock is a life-threatening condition, which is why internal bleeding should be taken seriously.
Cases of serious internal organ damage and bleeding may require expensive tests such as CT scans and MRIs, further surgery, and prolonged hospitalization.
Finding a Lawyer for a Medical Malpractice Case
It is important to make sure that you find the right lawyer when you have a medical malpractice case in your hands. The legal counselor you hire should be both qualified and experienced in the type of case you have. Unlike standard personal injury cases, such as those that come from car accidents, etc., medical malpractice is a rare specialty and most legal pros do not work in this realm.
If you or a member of your family have suffered internal organ damage or bleeding due to your surgeon or other medical professional’s negligence, you should immediately call the magnificent medical malpractice lawyers at RMFW Law Firm at 212 697 9280.
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