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Surgical Error Much More Prevalent Than One Might Think

Posted on in Medical Malpractice

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Medical personnel are held in high regard in our society. Everyday, we trust them with our medical well-being, health, and ultimately our lives. Medical experts in various fields earn this trust through years of academic rigor and a gained nuanced knowledge of their respective professional emphasis.

While the vast majority of medical personnel reward this trust with exceptional performance and professionalism, medical malpractice continues to be an issue throughout the United States.

Some of the most dangerous and impactful cases of medical malpractice come in the form of surgical error. According to WebMD, upwards of 4,000 surgical errors occur in operating rooms nationwide, each year. The good news for those impacted by surgical negligence is that these mistakes have lead to more than $1.3 billion in medical malpractice lawsuits.

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C,we have decades of experience in legally persecuting medical malpractice. If you or a member of your family are impacted by the negligent actions of a medical provider, contact us today to discuss your options.

Research Shows Shocking Rates of Surgical Error

While there are countless ways in which medical malpractice can compromise the understood outcome of a surgical operation, according to WebMD, there are three common types of surgical error that occur on a shockingly regular basis.

  1. Items Left in a Patient: According to the study, every week surgeons leave an average of 39 foreign objects in the body of patients throughout the United States. From sponges to towels, this mistake comes with obvious consequences, and likely requires additional surgery.
  2. Wrong Patient: Research suggests that surgeons nationwide conduct an incorrect operation on a patient at an incredibly alarming rate. A national average of 20 patients receive surgical treatment intended for another patient, on a weekly basis.
  3. Wrong Site: Additionally, of the patients that receive their intended operation, every week nearly 20 patients receive surgery on an incorrect location. For example, a skier requiring ACL surgery on his or her right knee may receive an unnecessary and potentially damaging surgical operation on his or her left knee.

Surgical error is an incredibly real and alarmingly regular form of medical malpractice. If you or a loved one suffer the consequences of an error in surgery, please contact our experienced and compassionate team of Waukegan personal injury attorneys at Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. We have decades of experience helping victims cope with the aftermath of medical malpractice and are available to discuss your legal options in the event of a surgical error.

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20121220/thousands-mistakes-surgery#3

https://psnet.ahrq.gov/primers/primer/18/wrong-site-wrong-procedure-and-wrong-patient-surgery

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