Arizona parents might wonder whether routine surgery could be dangerous or present a risk of medical malpractice. For example, a tonsillectomy is usually a safe, routine procedure that more than half a million children undergo each year. However, in Detroit, a 9-year-old girl died during a tonsillectomy, and it is expected that her family will file a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit.
The girl's family had been concerned about the safety of the procedure, but medical professionals assured them that the operation would be short and safe. However, they did not screen the girl properly. An undetected heart condition, an obstructed airway, and the wrong dose of anesthesia are all believed to have contributed to her death.
A 40-minute operation stretched to two hours, but despite this, the girl was sent home after the operation even though she complained of feeling unwell. Medical malpractice requires demonstrating that the medical professionals did not behave in a way that others in their position would have. In this case, the family will argue that breaches of duty occurred at every level from improperly vetting the child, the improper monitoring by the anesthesiologist, and sending the girl home while failing to address the family's concerns.
Even surgical errors that are not fatal can have devastating consequences.Patients could suffer a permanent injury or a serious setback in their condition that could worsen their health. Other examples of surgical errors besides the one that led to the child's death include wrong-site surgery, leaving a surgical tool behind in the patient, and errors in communication that lead to a patient receiving the wrong type of care. The patient or family members in such cases may want to speak to an attorney about seeking compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit.