Undergoing surgery is often a frightening experience when a patient must entrust his or her care to the experience and skill of the medical staff. North Carolina hospitals are among others in the nation where incidents of medical negligence have resulted in serious injury to patients. Surgical errors seem to be a leading cause of medical malpractice, resulting in approximately 5,000 incidents of serious injuries in 2014.
In addition to wrong-site surgeries and foreign objects retained inside the bodies of patients, serious burn injuries are among the leading causes of medical malpractice claims filed in the United States. Many of these burns apparently occur during surgical fires. They can be devastating, leaving those who survive them disfigured and in need of long-term medical care.
The costs of such care can be quite exorbitant. Often, a person surviving a serious burn injury remains in need of physical therapy and other extended-care that adds to the emotional trauma and challenges of the situation. Patients who have already suffered from a serious injury can be met with heavy financial burdens for which they may be unprepared to pay.
North Carolina law protects those who suffer serious injury because of a surgical error or other medical negligence. By filing a personal injury claim in a civil court, one can seek a monetary judgment against any and all sources of liability. Successfully litigated claims can provide compensation that can help alleviate the debt incurred as a result of one’s injury. A first logical step to take in the process of filing a claim is to discuss the details of the situation with an experienced attorney in the area.