Surgeons have an awesome responsibility to their patients. The patients they treat are often critically ill with their lives hanging in the balance. They are dependent on the surgeon’s knowledge, guidance and steady hands. One wrong move in the operating room can mean the difference between life and death for the patient on the table.
That means that it is essential that only sober and unimpaired surgeons render care to these vulnerable patients. Most surgeons understand and respect the power that they wield with their scalpels. They would no more operate on a patient while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol than they would stab a random stranger with a knife.
But the fact is that there is incredible pressure for surgeons to perform successfully when they operate on their patients. That type of pressure can be the downfall of some surgeons if they find themselves increasingly drowning their sorrows in drink or drugs.
It is this subgroup of surgeons struggling for sobriety that can cause untold damage in their wakes if surgical errors due to physician impairment occur.
As a patient, you have the right to expect the doctor in charge of your case (as well as all other medical personnel who treat you) is sober and unimpaired at all times when treating you. If that is not the case, and you wind up harmed from their negligence, we can help you pursue financial and other damages arising from the breach of care.
Let us review and assess your case to help you determine the best course of action going forth.