Medical mistakes are notorious for causing physical injuries or even death, but they can also leave victims psychologically scarred for life. Victims of medical mistakes can also develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This debilitating mental health disorder can arise after experiencing a traumatic event, hence the name.
Anesthesia awareness is a great example of how a medical mistake can cause PTSD. Patients who experience anesthesia awareness are awake during surgery but unable to move. In some cases, they can even feel the procedure.
Although anesthesia awareness is not always caused by a medical mistake, but it can occur if a patient does not receive a high enough dosage of an anesthetic during general anesthesia. It may also occur if hospital staff miss important information on a patient’s medical history. Unsurprisingly, many people who experience this condition develop PTSD.
What is PTSD?
Any medical mistake can result in PTSD if the patient is sufficiently traumatized. They may relive the experience while having vivid nightmares or during flashbacks. According to the Mayo Clinic, PTSD can also cause depression, anxiety, memory problems and trouble concentrating. In some cases, PTSD can significantly increase the risk of suicide.
PTSD is an extremely debilitating mental health condition that can affect every area of your life. It can affect your professional relationships. In addition, your family and social life could also be affected. Some people with PTSD cannot leave the house or maintain gainful employment.
Is a Medical Mistake Responsible for My PTSD Symptoms?
To a file a medical malpractice lawsuit, your case would have to meet specific criteria. You should speak with a medical malpractice attorney if you or a loved one were harmed. It may be possible to hold the hospital or other parties liable for damages caused by the medical mistake. Pain and suffering is one of several factors that could contribute to the amount from a verdict or settlement.
The Atlantic City medical malpractice attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. can review the details of your case at no cost. You do not owe us attorneys’ fees unless we successfully secure damages from a verdict or settlement.