Like machines, our body parts and organs can break down. A failing organ could spell trouble, sometimes causing death. Therefore, those with a failing organ need to explore all of their medical options. Amongst those is organ transplant.

Those who choose to donate an organ to another can truly be a hero. Their bold actions can save lives and families. However, the donation process can be frightening, painful, and, in some instances, dangerous. Some of the pain may be natural, but some of the harm may be unexpected and unacceptable. If you are harmed by a doctor’s negligence, then you may be able to file a lawsuit to seek compensation for your damages. Yet, before deciding whether your injuries are the result of medical malpractice, it may be helpful to know what some of the common risk factors are that are associated with organ donation.

The effects of such a surgery can be wide-ranging and varying in severity. For example, the normal effects of a kidney donation may include organ failure, pain, scars, fatigue, bloating, nausea and other abdominal issues.

In some cases, these symptoms may be the result of a surgical error. Sadly, surgical errors occur more frequently than we care to think. Therefore, if you suffer extensive harm, pain, or disfigurement after an organ donation surgery, then you may want to consider speaking with an attorney who can advise you of your rights. If the decision is made to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, an attorney can vigorously argue for your position and, hopefully, put you in a position to recover the compensation you deserve.

Source: Living Kidney Donors Network, “The Risks of Donating,” accessed on July 17, 2015