The psychological impact of surgery errors on patients

The consequences of surgical mistakes do not just appear in physical forms. They also result in mental and emotional damage to the patient. To fully understand the severity of the impact of surgical errors, it is essential to know which aspects of the patient’s life were affected. This allows for a fair evaluation of the compensation they deserve to receive.

Damages beyond the physical

Some of the potential psychological impacts of surgical errors include the following:

  • Chronic stress: Dealing with the aftermath of a surgical error, including additional treatments, added expenses and legal battles, can cause chronic stress on the patient and their family.
  • Anxiety and fear: Victims of surgical errors may develop a persistent fear of hospitals, medical treatments or further surgeries. This can lead to avoidance of necessary medical care and can complicate their overall health.
  • Depression: When patients realize that their condition may have worsened or that they have new health issues due to the surgical error, it can lead to feelings of hopelessness and depression.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): In some cases, the experience of a surgical error can be so traumatic that it leads to symptoms of PTSD, such as flashbacks, nightmares and social detachment.

These are only some of the manifestations of a patient’s emotional distress due to experiencing surgical errors.

Fighting for accountability

Whether you or your family member suffer from temporary or permanent injuries or disabilities due to a surgical error, you may qualify not only for economic damages but also noneconomic ones. The final determination of your compensation will depend on the unique facts and circumstances of your case. Hence, a meticulous review of your situation and the evidence is crucial.