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.
- Leaving a foreign object inside of a patient
- Performing the wrong procedure
- Operating on the wrong body site
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.