As readers of this blog know, medical malpractice can take many forms. Some instances of neglect are egregious, obviously accounting for the harm a patient suffers. Other times, though, a medical mistake can be so minor in comparison that it may not even be noticed at first. However, even these errors can leave patients with serious harm.
One of these mishaps can occur when a medical professional fails to properly stitch a wound or a surgical incision. A dehisced wound is one that has been sutured shut but then reopens. The complications associated with this condition can be severe, too, especially when that sutured wound is inside the body. Most importantly, if not properly treated in a timely fashion, a dehisced wound can lead to infection. This infection can lead to a whole host of problems, potentially including sepsis and death.
Although those who suffer damages, including medical expenses and lost wages, may be able to recover compensation from a negligent doctor, when it comes to dehisced wounds it can be difficult to prove what caused the wound to open up again. Often times these wounds are re-opened by patients taking on too much physical stress too early in their recovery, or one’s overall health may be too poor to properly handle sutures. However, as mentioned above, improper care provided by a negligent doctor may also lead to this harm being inflicted upon a patient.
This is why it is critical that those who suffer harm from a dehisced wound get to the bottom of the matter. By digging into available information, these individuals should be able to determine whether a doctor’s negligence caused their harm. When stepping into the legal arena, though, these individuals will face an incredible amount of pushback, as there can be a lot at stake for medical professionals and their employers. Those who want to counter this pushback should consider obtaining a legal ally of their own in the form of a legal team that is knowledgeable, dedicated and successful in pursuing medical malpractice claims.