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How surgical malpractice can affect your earning potential

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

Surgical medical malpractice can have far-reaching consequences, with one of the biggest being its impact on an individual’s earning potential. When a medical procedure goes awry due to negligence or errors, the effects extend beyond physical and emotional distress.

In many ways, surgical medical malpractice can affect a person’s ability to earn a living.

Physical impairment

The most direct consequence of surgical medical malpractice is physical impairment. Mistakes during surgery can lead to permanent disabilities or complications, rendering an individual unable to perform their job as effectively as before. In cases where the malpractice results in loss of limb function or chronic pain, a career may be impossible to maintain. This affects earning potential significantly.

Extended recovery period

Surgical complications that malpractice causes often lead to a more extended recovery period than usual. This prolonged period of time off work can result in missed opportunities, reduced job performance and potentially job loss. Many employers have limited patience for extended sick leaves, which can harm a person’s professional standing and opportunities.

Repeated surgeries

In some cases, surgical medical malpractice necessitates additional surgeries to correct the initial mistakes. These subsequent procedures further disrupt a person’s career, as they may require additional time off work and may not always guarantee a full recovery. As a result, they can affect a person’s income, especially if they are unable to work during these additional surgeries.

Loss of trust

Patients who experience malpractice may be reluctant to seek further medical treatment, even when necessary. This reluctance to engage can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment, worsening health conditions, and further damage to earning potential.

Psychological consequences

Emotional trauma can lead to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. These psychological consequences can hinder a person’s ability to perform well at work, concentrate on tasks and make sound professional decisions. Over time, this can lead to missed promotions and reduced income.

Economic costs

In Florida, the median household income is $61,777, and 12.7% of Floridians live in poverty. Someone suffering surgical medical malpractice is probably dealing with considerable economic costs, including medical bills, ongoing treatment and rehabilitation expenses. These burdens can strain a person’s budget, making it challenging to invest in education or training. The challenges can even move a person earning the median household income to the poverty level.

As society continues to grapple with medical malpractice, it is important to recognize the significant economic impact it can have on people’s lives.