Just before you have surgery, a doctor or medical provider will have you sign a paper that gives your consent for the doctor to do the procedure, but this document is also giving consent when you know that there are certain risks involved. A lot of people assume that because they have signed this paper, there is not much they can do if they wake up after surgery and something is terribly wrong.

Some things can occur during surgery that go far beyond the usual risks associated, so you could have reason to file a medical malpractice claim. Here's a look at some of the common reasons for medical malpractice claims associated with a surgical procedure. 

1. Surgical equipment was used that was somehow defective. 

It is not always only the surgeon's hands that are inside of your working on whatever the problem is that required you to need surgeon; in some cases, equipment is used. If a piece of equipment is used during the surgery that causes you some kind of harm or damage, you may have the right to sue for medical malpractice. This is especially true if there was already proof before the surgery that the equipment could cause problems for you as the patient, but the surgeon used this equipment anyway. 

2. Improper medications were given during the surgical procedure. 

Before surgery, you indicate what medications you cannot take or medications that have caused adverse reactions in the past. If during surgery you are given a medication that you have previously indicated you cannot take, you may have a medical malpractice claim on your hands. Likewise, if you are given the improper dosage of medications during the surgery, which can happen because of medical negligence, you should talk to an attorney. 

3. Items were left behind during the surgical procedure. 

When your body is opened up to perform a surgical action, there are a lot of tools and equipment used, and some can be small and hard to keep track of during the procedure. For example, small gauze pads are often used to absorb fluids in an opening while a surgeon is performing a task. If something gets left behind in your body after the surgery concludes, it can bring about all kinds of health problems, from dangerous infections to severe pain. This is a reason to talk to a medical malpractice attorney because the left-behind item proves negligence of the medical practitioners during surgery.

Contact a law office like Blazef -Horner Anica Law Office of for more information and assistance.