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Five People Blinded from Cataract Surgeries

It took only fifteen minutes for the lives of five Massachusetts residents to be turned upside down. The Massachusetts natives were five of forty-five patients scheduled for cataract removal surgery on the same day. Experts characterize cataract removal as a routine procedure - serious injury is rare. Before undergoing the cataract surgery, the five patients underwent an eye block anesthetic, which involves injecting a numbing agent into the eyeball muscles. The patients were discharged and sent home with a patch over their eye after doctors performed what they thought were successful cataract removals. Unfortunately, when the patients presented back to the surgery center the following day and the patch was removed, their vision had been handicapped. Three of the patients were completely blind in the eye that was operated on, and the other two had severely restricted vision. The injuries have shocked eye surgeons across the country, but specialists have concluded that the patients' anesthesiologist probably pierced the retinas of the patients with his needles. The patients are now struggling to adjust to their new lives - several have had to quit their jobs and all are experiencing problems with depth perception and everyday tasks.

Some physician behaviors can lead to medical malpractice claims

Pittsburgh residents, who believe they have been affected by a medical mistake, know how serious and emotional this time can be. These mistakes, like a surgical error, can affect anyone and can lead to a worsened condition, even death. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights 5 behaviors that doctors may have that can lead to them becoming named in a medical malpractice claim.

Saying "I'm sorry" can go a long way for doctors

Many Pittsburgh residents have seen the news coverage of surgical never events. These extreme cases occur when a doctor leaves medical equipment inside of a patient or operates on the wrong body part. Although these surgical errors are rare, they still affect thousands of patients each year in the United States.

Statute of limitations for medical malpractice

No Pennsylvania resident ever expects they will be the victim of medical malpractice. But, this is the reality for thousands of patients across the United States each year. Many times a medical malpractice injury, like a surgical error, is not immediately apparent. But, there is a time limit of when a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed.

Reasons general surgeons could face medical malpractice lawsuits

Many Pittsburgh residents will need to have surgery this year. Although there are risks involved in surgery -- some which are serious -- most surgeries go as planned. But, when a surgeon makes a surgical errors the results can be unexpected and devastating for families.

Was your gastric bypass improperly performed?

For many Pittsburgh residents, gastric bypass surgery is a great option for improving their life. For most patients this surgery goes as expected but surgical errors do occur. A patient can suffer lifetime consequences from a gastric bypass error.

Overlapping surgery could violate informed consent

When Pittsburgh residents need surgery they usually go through a series of checks to make sure they can have the surgery and what the risks and benefits of the surgery are going to be. Most surgeries go as planned but occasionally an unexpected surgical error occurs that can lead to devastating results including a serious injury.

Cosmetic surgery can cause serious injury

Some Pittsburgh residents fantasize about getting plastic surgery. Everyone seems to have something they want to erase on their bodies, like their love handles, larger (or smaller) breasts or maybe a facelift. Although thousands of people undergo cosmetic surgery each year without any lingering side effects, a surgical error can still occur that causes serious injuries.

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