Surgical Errors Are More Common Than You Thought
February 2, 2018
Every patient understands that there are risks with surgery. When you are somebody who finds themselves in a position, then, where a surgeon has left you with injuries, you may wonder what went wrong and how it could have been prevented. This is a special type of negligence that is covered under medical malpractice laws and happens more than we would like it to.
Some of the most common surgical errors that are made every year include operating on the wrong body part, undergoing the incorrect procedure, or having a procedure done that was intended for another patient. These are considered “never events,” which means that they should never under any circumstances occur in a surgical setting, and can pose huge safety risks to the patient.
Take, for instance, a surprisingly common scenario where a patient is being operated on for a spinal injury. What if the surgeon in charge operates on the wrong level of the spine? This is an injury that could debilitate a patient for life and a sadly common issue for neurosurgeons.
Mistakes Could Lead to Deadly Results
If these surgeries do not lead to death, at the very least they could lead to serious injuries. More than 4,000 preventable mistakes are said to occur in surgery every year, which costs surgeons and hospitals about $1.3 billion in medical malpractice payouts. It is estimated that, just within a week, surgeons leave a foreign object inside a patient 39 times, perform the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times, or operate on the wrong body site 20 times. The frequency of these events is disturbing, as there is no reason for these incidents to ever take place.
One of the issues is that many people do not discover these complications right off the bat. Sometimes it takes weeks, months, or years before a patient discovers that there is a problem, which usually takes place because they start experiencing complications, like pain or infection. These complications are serious, leading to 59% of patients experiencing temporary injury, permanent injury in 33%, and death in 6.6% of cases.
Bringing a Lawsuit
When you have been injured by a surgeon due to outright negligence, the best thing you can do for yourself is to bring a claim against the surgeon or hospital. There are many reasons why these mistakes happen, from miscommunication between surgeons to a surgeon being incompetent or inexperienced by taking shortcuts during the surgery. Many hospitals owe patients a standard duty of care when it comes to surgeries, which is why these errors should never occur. If you have been harmed, you may be able to recover from your injuries and the physical and emotional pain you endured as a result.
We understand the effect that medical malpractice cases can have on your life, and want to help you get the results you deserve when you have been injured by a medical professional. This is why it is important to contact us as soon as possible at Will Ferguson & Associates so we can help you get the compensation that is owed to you for many aspects, such as lost time at work, pain and suffering, and more. Nobody should have to suffer. Call us today at (505) 633-7070.