Medical mistakes such as surgical errors can result in serious, even fatal injuries. While there is no way to guarantee that a mistake or accident will not occur during surgery it is possible to hold negligent surgeons and other medical professionals responsible for their mistakes. Hiring a Philadelphia Surgical Errors Attorney in such a case is not just about the patient filing the suit; it is about every patient that follows.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The two killers that beat out medical negligence in the recent study included cancer and heart disease. Furthermore, the research noted that in addition to the heavy human cost that comes with such mistakes, more than $3 billion is spent annually in medical malpractice payouts.
Among the many forms of medical negligence that can result in serious patient injury or death, a study conducted at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine revealed that surgical errors, including wrong site and wrong-patient surgeries, occur far more often than most people think. The researchers looked at data from 1990 to 2010 and identified more than 80,000 incidents involving serious surgical errors.
Another common surgical error involves retained foreign objects. A retained foreign object is an object left in patients after a surgery is complete. While this may not sound as hazardous as a wrong-site surgery, it can actually be very dangerous, resulting in serious, even life-threatening infections. Whenever such an mistake occurs, it is important that patients pursue all avenues available to them to protect their right to be compensated for such malpractice.
Source: Forbes, “10 Things You Want To Know About Medical Malpractice,” Demetrius Cheeks, May 16, 2013