Imagine that when you go in for surgery at your local hospital, the worst case scenario occurs. An error was made during your surgery, and now you are in a much worse place medically. Though it would seem to be such a straightforward task to point out negligence in this case, it actually isn't as easy as it may seem. It's not as if you can just point to a chart or medical record and say "See? This proves it was medical malpractice!"
A couple of years ago, a young woman went to the doctor complaining of pelvic pain and bleeding. Recently married, she had gotten pregnant -- but unfortunately, the embryo was developing outside her uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy, and it's potentially life-threatening to both the woman and the embryo.
A lot of people become anxious after being told that they will need surgery. That's because most people have heard, at one time or another, a story about a medical mistake that occurred while in a surgery room. From horror stories about medical instruments being left inside patients to gruesome tales of a surgeon removing something they weren't supposed to, it's no wonder these stories terrify people so much. Most people don't want to suffer the same fate.