Surgical Errors

More than 4,000 preventable surgical mishaps occur in America each year, according to WebMD. Many of their victims file suit for damages against the responsible party. Medical malpractice lawsuit payouts to victims for surgery errors total roughly $1.3 billion annually.

Common Types Surgery Errors

Three of the most common surgical mistakes are as follows.

Additional examples of surgery errors.

  • Providing too much or too little anesthesia
  • Injuring nerves or other body parts during surgery
  • Making extra incisions in the wrong area
  • Poor sanitation practices
  • Failing to inform patient of risks
  • Discharging the patient after surgery prematurely

Causes of Surgery Errors

Numerous factors can contribute to surgery errors. The rushed and chaotic nature of the emergency room can lead to mistakes, as can poor planning and disregarding proper protocols.

Other potential causes of surgery errors are listed below. 

  • Poor staff training
  • Staff turnover during surgery or having more than one surgical team assisting
  • Not performing a Time Out prior to surgery (a fact-checking process that hospitals are supposed to use to reduce the risk of mistakes)
  • Surgeon fatigue
  • Patient obesity (it’s easier to misplace medical items such sponges and towels inside patients with a high body mass index)
  • Poor communication (staff to staff, as well as surgeon to patient)
  • Neglect or carelessness on the surgeon’s or hospital’s part
  • Not sticking to the surgical plan

Do you have a viable medical malpractice suit?

Surgery mistakes can be truly devastating. Receiving the wrong procedure or receiving the right procedure but on the wrong body part wrong not only causes a new medical issue, but leaves the original medical issue left unattended. When patients fall victim to a surgery error, they will likely be able to file a claim against the hospital for their injuries.

If you have a valid medical malpractice claim, your attorney can collect evidence, work to build a strong case, and try to collect a sizeable settlement for you that covers the damages you sustained as a result of the mistake. Recently, an injured patient received an $8 million verdict in a Florida medical malpractice case.

If your surgeon made a mistake, you’ll want to have an attorney review your case. A lawyer can investigate your surgery, determine if the surgeon, staff, or hospital was negligent, and then decide if the case is valid and worth pursuing.

Florida Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are more common than you may think

WebMD reports that in any given week, 39 patients have a foreign object left in them, 20 patients receive the wrong surgery, and 20 patients receive operations on the wrong body part.

That’s a frightening amount of mistakes. Donald Fry, MD, Executive Vice President at Michael Pine and Associates, comments: “I continue to find the frequency of these events alarming and disturbing. I think it’s a difficult thing for clinicians to talk about, but it is something that must be improved.”

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