When you’re suffering from an injury or illness that requires surgery, you’re likely expecting some pain. You were probably feeling pain and discomfort before the surgery, so you know that being operated will relieve some of those feelings but create other pains and problems. While some pain is to be expected after a surgery, sometimes you can end up suffering from too much pain that wasn’t supposed to happen.
When your surgeon makes a mistake that causes you more pain than planned, you could have a medical malpractice claim against them. A med mal lawyer from Shrager & Sachs in Philadelphia can offer you legal representation so that your rights are protected. With our experience, you can have peace of mind knowing that we will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve for the damages you suffered.
Normal Pain Levels After Surgery
Prior to your surgery, your surgeon, doctor, and medical team should have talked to you about how much pain to expect after the operation and during the recovery process. In short, it’s normal to have pain after your surgery. What’s important, though, is that you’re not in more pain than expected and that you’re being treated for that pain.
Being open and honest with your doctor is essential after a surgery. You’ll need to tell them exactly what kind of pain you’re experiencing and where. This will help them determine the cause of the pain and help manage it. This will also help them figure out if you’re experiencing a normal amount of pain or more.
Pain medication is the main way that you will be treated for any pain you’re feeling. If it was a smaller surgery, you’ll likely only be prescribed non-opioid painkillers. For a bigger surgery, you will probably be given stronger painkillers, like opioids through an intravenous drip or an epidural into your spine.
Your healthcare team should know how much to administer and what medication would be best for your situation. If they prescribe the wrong medication, the wrong dose, or administer it wrong, though, then that could be a medical error that causes you even more damage.
Each person experiences pain differently, so there isn’t one normal experience to have. If your doctor insists you are experiencing a normal amount of pain, but you feel it’s abnormal and excessive and need to be better treated for it, then you should seek an outside opinion. This could be negligence from your medical team and qualify as medical malpractice.
You shouldn’t have to suffer through more pain than necessary after a surgery, and you know your body. A medical malpractice lawyer can help you defend your rights and ensure you get the treatment you deserve. Let’s take a look at what can happen if your pain is left untreated.
Detriments of Untreated Pain
When you experience any kind of pain after your surgery, whether expected or unexpected, it’s important to talk about that pain with your doctor. You shouldn’t have to suffer through pain of any kind, and your doctors and medical team will know how to most effectively treat what you’re going through. A book published on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) mentions reasons that you should report your pain and receive treatment for it.
One of the reasons that you deserve to be treated for your pain is because not only does it cause physical pain, but you can suffer emotionally from this as well. You might lose sleep, be unable to move, or not be able to complete normal tasks that you used to enjoy. This debilitating experience can be prevented if you are treated for your pain.
Another reason that it’s essential to treat pain after surgery is so that you can heal effectively. If your pain is preventing you from moving around, it could keep you from completely healing as you are supposed to. It could also be a sign of another problem that could prevent you from healing, like an infection.
If your doctor ignores your complaints about pain for too long, they could be harming your health. Their negligence could be grounds for medical malpractice since they’re putting your health at risk and causing you more suffering.
Shrager & Sachs Will Protect Your Rights
When you needed a surgery, no matter if it was a minor or major procedure, you’ll have a recovery process. Unfortunately, when your doctor doesn’t listen to your pain complaints, you can suffer from more pain and complications from your surgery. Your doctor’s negligence shouldn’t go unpunished.
Our experienced medical malpractice lawyer from Shrager & Sachs, Attorneys at Law will fight to protect your rights and ensure that you get the justice that you deserve. You shouldn’t have to suffer after your procedure. Reach out to our office today so that we can discuss your potential claim.