At least 4,000 surgical errors occur each year in the United States, many of which lead to catastrophic injuries or death.
Many of these surgical errors are avoidable. In fact, some are so avoidable that they are known as never events: they’re called this because they shouldn’t ever happen. These never events are errors that are clearly identifiable, preventable, and serious in their consequences for patients.
Some of the more common surgical never events include:
- Surgery performed on the wrong body part or on the wrong patient.
- Performing the wrong surgical procedure on a patient.
- Leaving an object (like a sponge) in a patient after surgery.
Why do surgical errors, including these never events, occur so frequently? The question is a compelling one, considering surgeons have received so much training and considering the huge suffering and financial burden that patients who are victims of surgical errors suffer.
Some of the more common causes of surgical errors are:
- Poor communication between medical staff resulting in preventable surgical errors.
- A failure of medical staff to perform a complete and thorough preoperative plan.
- A member of the surgical team being under the influence.
- A member of the surgical team suffering from extreme fatigue because of lack of sleep.
- Inadequate training or incompetence on the part of a member of the surgical team.
The good news is that Maryland personal injury law allows victims to pursue financial compensation for the losses they have suffered due to the negligence of medical staff. Victims can be compensated for their additional medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more. If the victim dies as a result of the medical negligence, their family can pursue a claim for their wrongful death.
If you have been the victim of a surgical error, I realize you may have questions or concerns about your situation. If you have not yet started a lawsuit, call me. I can answer your legal questions and would love to talk with you. You can reach me at 410-513-9978 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.