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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.

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Libertyville surgical error attorneyWhen people choose the surgeon they believe is the right choice to operate on them, they are putting complete faith in the hands of the medical professional. While the vast majority of surgeries end successfully, in some cases, surgeries can go terribly wrong. According to a study designed to find the true number of surgical errors that occur across the United States, errors in the operating room are much more common than we would like to assume. 

Medical professionals refer to the most common forms of surgical error as “never events,” because they would ideally never occur. Yet, even in a country with the greatest medical advancements and most distinguished doctors, surgical errors occur over 4,000 times each year throughout the United States. If you or a loved one have suffered any form of medical malpractice, it is important to seek out legal representation. 

Most Common Forms of Surgical Error 

In an ideal world, no surgical errors would ever occur. However, in all reality, some forms of surgical error are fairly common. The most common form of surgical error is “wrong side” surgery, which makes up approximately 60% of all annual surgical errors. Wrong side errors occur when a doctor is supposed to operate surgically on one limb and accidentally operates on the other. 

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medical malpractice, surgical error, Waukegan personal injury attorney

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.

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