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Surgical errors can cause severe nerve damage

There can be a lot of stress associated with going in for surgery. Whether it is the procedure itself, the recovery, or the mere anticipation of the event, almost all Floridians find themselves concerned at one point or another when facing an operation. These fears are natural, but many are alleviated after a successful surgery. However, not all medical procedures are carried out in a safe fashion. Instead, negligent doctors and nurses can make a mistake that leaves a patient with serious complications.

One of the most common types of surgery errors are those that leave victims with nerve damage. Our bodies' nerves serve many functions, helping us coordinate movement, relay information to our brain, and regulate bodily functions such as blood circulation. However, when one of these nerves is subjected to trauma, a victim may suffer weakness, paralysis, pain, lightheadedness, and the inability to sense serious conditions such as chest pain.

Recovering from nerve damage is not easy task, if at all possible. A victim may need to take pain medication, go through physical rehabilitation, and perhaps even have another operation. All of this treatment could be costly, and it may render the victim unable to work, therefore making his or her financial situation less than desirable. Though this may sound dire, victims of surgical errors may be able to recover compensation from the negligent doctor, nurse, and/or hospital who harmed them.

One of the best ways to attempt to do this is to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If a victim can satisfactorily show that a medical professional was negligent and that negligent caused their harm, then compensation may be recoverable. These monetary awards can be a lifesaver for a victim, allowing him or her to acquire the medical care he or she needs and find financial stability until he or she can get back to optimum health.

Source: Web MD, "Nerve Pain and Damage," accessed on June 19, 2015

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