Surgeons must be trusted by their patients. These medical professionals work on patients who are under anesthesia. Even in the simplest of surgical procedures, the patient is still facing very serious life risks. These risks can include death and long-lasting effects if the patient survives. This is why surgical errors are a type of medical malpractice that are especially troubling. A patient goes into surgery thinking that a problem is being fixed, when in reality, a new problem is being created. We know that you might find that very difficult to deal with.
Many women choose to write out a birth plan when they are pregnant. Most of these women understand that the birth plan isn't written in stone. Instead, some factors of the birth plan might have to change to keep the woman and her baby safe during the labor and delivery process. Still, there are limits to what a woman should have to go through when she is in labor.
No woman goes into labor thinking that she wants to be held down during the birthing process or that she wants the medical staff to hold her baby in the birth canal instead of allowing the baby to be born. That happened to one woman at a hospital that claimed to support natural births and the mother's wishes. That woman suffered a birth injury known as pudendal neuralgia. She opted to seek compensation for that injury and other facets of her birth experience and was ultimately awarded $16 million.
It might shock you to learn that approximately one out of every two surgeries involves some sort of adverse event or error. That is what a study done by Harvard University found when they studied more than 275 operations at one of the famed university's affiliate hospitals. The study did note that not all of the errors or adverse events led to significant patient harm. Still, the fact that so many surgeries had errors means that anyone having surgery should be aware of possible issues.