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Identifying surgical errors can be complex

Surgical procedures are performed here in Oregon nearly every day with successful results. However, many patients experience issues in the days, weeks and even months following a procedure that they might not associate with the surgery right away. Identifying that surgical errors are responsible could be complex.

Some surgical mistakes become apparent right away. Post-operative observation could reveal issues such as unexplained bleeding, pain and/or infection. Swift action might resolve the issue, but the patient might need an additional surgical procedure and/or other medical care. In these cases, the error often becomes known before the patient even leaves the hospital.

On the other hand, some patients undergo a procedure and are sent home to recuperate. Most patients expect discomfort and weakness in the days following surgery, so it might not occur to them that something else is wrong during that time. However, when pain, weakness and other issues persist for an extended period, it may finally become obvious that further medical attention is needed. It might only be discovered at that time that there was a mistake made during the surgery. By that time, the patient could be suffering serious and possibly deadly complications.

Once surgical errors are discovered, time is of the essence. If you believe that your surgeon -- or a family member's surgeon in the case of death -- made a mistake that caused significant harm, you should seek the advice and assistance of an attorney as soon as possible. These cases can quickly become complex, and as you heal, evidence could be lost. If you lost a family member to a surgical mistake, there are steps that should be taken soon thereafter to ensure that as much evidence as possible is preserved. Seeking restitution through a medical malpractice claim filed in an Oregon civil court could yield an award of damages and could prevent another tragedy.

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