Any type of surgical procedure contains a certain amount of risk to a patient. However, all Texas patients can safely assume that doctors, nurses and other staff members will adhere to the highest levels of acceptable standards and protocol to keep patients safe during surgery. A current medical malpractice issue involves various mistakes that have apparently occurred during cataracts eye surgeries.
Reportedly, there are several surgical errors most prevalent with regard to cataracts surgeries. These include operating on the wrong patient, implanting the wrong lens and administering the wrong amount of anesthesia. The latter has allegedly resulted in a number of patients suffering permanent vision loss.
A center devoted to patient advocacy in another state has been promoting various tools to help surgeons and other medical professionals avoid mistakes that should be entirely preventable. Still, it is unlikely that such programs will totally eradicate the problem. Any patient who is injured during surgery may pursue justice by filing a medical malpractice claim in court.
A serious medical injury often results in a need for continued medical care or further surgeries. Such treatments are often expensive, and a patient may not be prepared to meet the cost. In a successfully litigated claim, the court can award compensation that can be used to help offset those expenses. In Texas, an experienced medical malpractice attorney would be able to provide counsel and guidance as to the best course of action to take to obtain the maximum amount of monetary recovery available for one's losses.
Source: wwlp.com, "Patient safety center report targets cataract surgery "never events"", Katie Lappan, May 12, 2016