Medical malpractice occurs all the time. That’s why if you think that you or a loved one has been harmed by an errant medical professional, then you might want to speak with an experienced legal professional who can help you get answers to your questions and figure out who is liable for your suffering.
More data kept hidden than you may think
One of the hardest parts of a medical malpractice case is simply figuring out what went wrong. This is because negligent doctors, nurses, and hospitals sometimes try their best to cover up their errors. Sometimes even the federal government fails to disclose the dangers associated with certain medical practices. To see an example of this you need look no further than the use of surgical staples. There the FDA used a system resulted in more than one million medical errors caused by nearly 100 different medical devices, but those mishaps were never made public. When it comes to surgical staples, more than 10,000 device malfunctions were unseen in the database.
Surgical staples more dangerous than most people think
While the FDA took steps to enhance transparency, the truth of the matter is that surgical staples remain dangerous. In fact, between just 2011 and 2018 there were more than 41,000 adverse medical events involving surgical staplers. Most of these were device malfunctions, but there were more than 9,000 serious injuries and nearly 400 deaths. These mishaps can be caused in many ways, too, including human error, dislodged firing due to weak materials or misplaced parts, and defective staples.
Hold errant medical professionals accountable
Medical professionals act as if their techniques are tried and true. But this is far from the truth. Each year, medical malpractice and defective medical devices seriously harm thousands of people. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a medical professional’s error, then you might want to take action to find answers and accountability. Experienced attorneys like those at our firm stand ready to help you fight for the outcome you deserve.