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Surgical Errors are a Leading Cause of Medical Malpractice Claims

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Waukegan medical malpractice attorneysAccording to a recent study, over 4000 avoidable surgical errors occur every year in the United States. These mistakes can range in severity from relatively minor to catastrophic or even fatal. Some surgical errors are so unacceptable that researchers have nicknamed them “never events” because they should literally never happen. Unfortunately, these “never events” do happen and when they do, patients can suffer devastating consequences. Medical malpractice lawsuits involving surgical errors result in over a billion dollars in payouts to patients and families each year. If you or a loved one have suffered due to a surgical error, a medical malpractice claim may help you receive compensation.

Frequency of Major Errors During Surgery

Individuals who wish to become surgeons must typically undergo upwards of 13 years of education and training in order to meet the qualifications to perform surgical procedures. General surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, and other surgeons are trained to know how to avoid major surgical mistakes. Unfortunately, this does not prevent thousands of patients from suffering every year due to careless errors.

It is estimated that incidences of surgeons leaving foreign objects inside of patients’ bodies occur approximately 39 times each week. When surgeons leave objects like medical tools, sponges, and towels inside of patient bodies, the patients can suffer extreme pain, infection, and other complications. Surgery errors such as performing surgery on the wrong body part or performing the wrong surgical procedure are also startlingly common.

Damages in a Surgical Error Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Surgeons and other medical professionals have a legal obligation to provide skilled medical care to patients. When a surgeon makes a major mistake that deviates from the expected standard of care, the injured patient or surviving family may bring a medical malpractice claim against the surgeon or medical facility at which the error occurred. Through a medical malpractice claim, a patient injured by a surgical error may receive compensation for his or her past medical expenses, future medical care, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. If a surgical error results in a patients’ death, a representative of the deceased patient may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses relating to the death, funeral and burial expenses, and even compensation for loss of companionship.

Contact a Lake County Surgical Errors Lawyer

Surgeons are supposed to help patients get better, not harm them. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a surgical mistake, contact Salvi & Maher, L.L.C. to learn about filing a medical malpractice claim. Call us at 847-662-3303 today to schedule a free, confidential consultation with a Waukegan medical malpractice attorney.

 

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20121220/thousands-mistakes-surgery#1

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/study_suggests_medical_errors_now_third_leading_cause_of_death_in_the_us

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