Our surgery medical malpractice attorneys file lawsuits for patients who suffer serious injuries during a surgical procedure or from an undiagnosed post-operative complication. Every surgery has risks but some are avoidable and due to medical negligence. Many post-operative complications are also inherent risks of the surgery but the failure to timely diagnose and treat those conditions can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
One significant finding in a post-operative surgery patient is the high white blood (WBC). Although it is not always a suspicious finding immediately after a surgery, it does become a major concern if it continues during the post-operative admission or prior to discharge from the hospital. A white blood count over 15,000 is an indication of an infection. This lab value should alert the surgeon and medical staff that there is a potential emergency medical condition causing the high WBC, such as a bowel perforation, anastomotic leak, or gallbladder issue.
The failure to timely diagnose and treat a post-operative infection can have grave consequences. If the infection is not treated and progresses, the patient can develop sepsis and multi-organ failure leading the major hospitalization and even death. Quite often, a patient must be taken back to the operating room to repair the condition responsible for the high white blood count. When this does not happen, it is often the basis for a medical malpractice claim.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury during surgery or a post-operative complication that resulted in a high white blood count, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit for your injuries and damages. Our experienced attorneys will review your records and determine if the condition should have been identified earlier and if an earlier diagnosis would have prevented serious injury or harm. If you do have a case, we will represent you under our No Fee Promise which means you will not be charged any legal fees or costs unless you receive a settlement. Call our legal team now at (800) 606-1717 to start your case.