Many of us have successfully undergone surgical procedures and, in general,
we tend to expect that our trust is well placed in healthcare professionals.
However, the fact is that surgical mistakes are not as much of a rarity
as you might think and not everyone leaves the operating room better off
than before. How common are these egregious mistakes? Well, to put it
into perspective, only heart disease and cancer kill more people in the
country than medical errors. Every year, surgical errors kill nearly 7%
of patients and permanently injures about a third of them. If you were
injured during a surgical procedure, you need to obtain skilled legal
representation as soon as possible to fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Does This Happen?
Any kind of negligent behavior can result in surgical errors, but researchers
have revealed that four categories tend to be the most common reasons:
Preconditions for action: Sloppy hand-offs, distractions, stressed out or exhausted personnel, poor
communication, and even overly confident staff can often lead to surgical
errors in the operating room.
Unsafe actions: This includes disregarding rules and proper protocol as well as acting
Oversight: Staffing shortages, poor supervision, and planning problems can all lead
to oversight, which can ultimately cause surgical errors.
Organizational influences: This tends to be symptomatic of a toxic culture or ineffective operational
Some of the most common surgical errors that occur include:
- Foreign objects left in a patient’s body
- The wrong surgery was performed on the wrong patient
- The right surgical procedure was performed on the wrong side of the patient
- Anesthesia mix-ups or errors
- Nerve damage
Additionally, statistics also suggest that surgeons who make these mistakes
are typically not first-time offenders. About two-thirds of surgeons who
committed these errors have already been implicated in multiple medical
malpractice events and, according to a study conducted by The New England
Journal of Medicine (NEJM), roughly 1% of doctors were responsible for
32% of all malpractice claims over the past decade.
Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you sustained injuries after being surgically operated on, you can pursue
a medical malpractice claim to recover just compensation. At David C.
Rash, P.A., we have 25 years of experience in handling medical malpractice
claims and have developed a sophisticated knowledge of medical malpractice
injuries, which we will use to your advantage.
Contact our office today at
(957) 914-7116 to schedule your free case review.