When you go in for surgery, you are essentially placing your trust and even your life in the hands of your Maryland surgeon. You trust that he or she knows what to do, will do what is necessary to address your medical concerns and will provide post-operative care. It can be devastating when a surgery goes wrong or you suffer complications after it is complete.
If this happened to you, it’s possible you are a victim of medical malpractice. To avoid becoming a victim and to protect yourself as much as possible, there are certain questions you can ask that will be useful when going in for surgery. The answers to these questions can help you understand your rights and provide the information you need in case there is an unexpected outcome.
Questions you should be asking
Surgery is a major event, no matter the type of surgery you are facing. It’s important to be as informed as possible about what will happen, the expected results and what the recovery will be like. Important questions that may be useful to you include:
- What are the risks? There are always risks associated with surgery, but some procedures may come with more than others. Have an honest discussion with your care provider about what you can expect and the level of risk you are facing.
- What is the procedure? You should understand exactly what the surgery entails, what the surgeon will be doing and the goals of the procedure. If it’s happening to your body, you have the right to know what to expect in terms you can fully understand.
- What will it cost? Medical care is expensive, even with insurance. Knowing up front what you can expect in terms of cost can help you avoid unpleasant surprise medical bills that can devastate your savings.
Even when you are diligent about your care and take every step necessary to protect your interests, you may still be the victim of medical malpractice due to surgery errors or post-op complications. At this point, you will want to explore the legal options available to you.
Your rights as a victim
If you are the victim of medical malpractice, you have rights. It is possible you have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against your surgeon, doctor or other liable party. An assessment of your case can determine how to move forward and what steps you can take to get the full and fair recovery you deserve.