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Surgical Error

People place a high level of trust in the medical professionals who care for them. That trust is seldom higher than when anesthesia prevents patients from maintaining any level of control during a surgical procedure. While surgery often creates a better quality of life or even saves the lives of patients, it also carries a potentially high level of risk. Anyone who goes into a hospital for surgery assumes the facility has basic safeguards in place to prevent obvious errors, often known as never-events. Yet in December 2012, Johns Hopkins Medicine reported that surgical never-events occur at least 4,000 times annually. Their analysis of medical malpractice judgments and claims over 20 years found that these events resulted in death to 6.6 percent of patients, permanent injury to 32.9 percent of patients, and temporary injuries to 59.2 percent of patients.

Common surgical errors and their estimated error rates include:

  • Foreign objects left in the body (49.9 percent)
  • Performance of the incorrect procedure (25.1 percent)
  • Surgery performed on the wrong site on the body (24.8 percent)
  • Procedures performed on the wrong patient (0.3 percent)
  • Surgery performed on the wrong site on the body (24.8 percent)
  • Procedures performed on the wrong patient (0.3 percent)

If something goes wrong, patients and their families need to know whether the cause involves unavoidable circumstances or preventable surgical errors. If you have been the victim of surgical error, call Clay now! Our medical malpractice attorneys can provide an initial consultation FREE of charge to you regardless of whether you retain our services.

DON'T DELAY! YOU MAY HAVE A VALID CLAIM AND BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES, BUT A LAWSUIT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPIRES.