Surgical errors can cause serious harm for victims who entrusted their medical care and treatment to trusted medical care providers. For that reason, it is helpful for victims of surgical errors to understand the circumstances that can result in surgical errors and the legal protections available to victims.
Dangers of surgical errors
There are a total of 4,000 surgical errors that occur every day in surgery according to one study. They are referred to as never events because they should not occur. Never events occurred around 10,000 time between 1990 to 2010 in the United States. Examples of surgical errors include when a foreign object, such as a sponge, is left in the victim’s body which was estimated to occur 39 times each week; the wrong procedure is performed on the victim which was estimated to occur 20 times each week; and the wrong part of the victim’s body is operated on, also referred to as wrong-site surgery, which was estimated to also occur 20 times each week.
The consequences of surgical mistakes ranged from temporary injury in 59% of the cases to death in 6.6% of the cases and permanent injury in 33% of people affected.
Help for victims of surgical errors
The impact of surgical errors range from the victim suffering temporary injury 59% of the time or permanent injuries 33% of the time. Victims suffered death because of fatal surgical errors 6.6% of the time. When a medial professional has been negligent, such as a surgical error, a medical malpractice claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages. It is important for victims of surgical mistakes to be familiar with the legal remedies available to help them.