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A 2016 report by Johns Hopkins Hospital revealed that medical errors are responsible for 250,000 deaths every year in the U.S. Even when medical malpractice does not result in death, the consequences can be catastrophic for the patient. And the injuries are not limited to physical damages—emotional injuries are also common if the patient is facing a lifetime of pain or adjustment to an unexpected result such as the loss of both limbs when the surgeon originally removed the wrong one. A therapist can help an individual who is dealing with these changes and assist them in transitioning to an adjustment in lifestyle. When a person is working through the grief, anger, anxiety and many other emotions that they may experience under these circumstances, a therapist can make a profound difference in their life.
Common Medical Malpractice Mistakes That Can Wreak Emotional Havoc
When someone goes in for surgery or an in-office procedure, they have a reasonable expectation that their healthcare provider will not only treat their condition but that the provider will not harm them. This belief is shattered when the provider causes more harm than healing. Nearly any type of medical malpractice mistake can cause upheaval in the patient’s life, but some are more common than others. Even if you were injured by your provider in a way that is not in the below list, you may greatly benefit from scheduling a therapy session with a counselor.
- The surgical removal of the wrong arm, leg, hand, finger, etc.
- The surgical removal of the wrong organ such as the lung, kidney, eye, etc.
- Serious infection of a wound or surgical area left unattended by the physician and resulting in symptoms such as severe discomfort or pain, or the need for additional surgical procedures.
- The wrong diagnosis resulting in a worsening condition that may require surgery or other treatment methods that might have been otherwise avoidable.
- Symptoms such as nausea, dizzy spells, etc. resulting from being prescribed the wrong medication and which caused a slip and fall accident or other incident that led to an injury.
- Cosmetic surgery that resulted in deformity, scarring, or a look that was not intended and causes the patient to feel deep depression, etc.
Counseling and Its Benefits
When someone is going through a difficult time, visiting with a counselor is not always in the forefront of their mind. However, talking to a neutral party who is also a trained therapist can relieve some of the tension that may arise in the household and in the relationships with others. When medical malpractice physical injury also causes a mental or emotional injury, it can be just as devastating as the original injury. Developing coping strategies to work through this challenging chapter can be easier with the help of a trauma therapist in Palatine, IL. Call today to discuss your counseling needs and start down the road to emotional wellbeing.
Thanks to Lotus Wellness Center for their insight into therapy and emotional recovery from a medical mistake.