As a person who is considering having a surgery or medical procedure, you are likely concerned that the procedure you choose could be dangerous. While most surgeries have some inherent risks, there are some common mistakes that surgeons make, too. Many of these are preventable, so keeping an eye out for mistakes early on your surgical date or in your records is vital. If you suffer one of these injuries, you could be in a position to request compensation from your medical care provider.
There are over 4,000 preventable medical mistakes that take place during surgeries each year, according to a 2012 report. This means thousands of people leave with injuries that they never should have had to suffer through. These so-called "never events" should never have happened, which is why they're such a concern to medical providers, hospitals, and patients alike.
The most common issues that came up included leaving a foreign object in the body, performing the wrong operation on a patient, and operating on the wrong part of the body. Every week, it's estimated that 39 people suffer from foreign objects, like sponges, being left inside them. Both operations in the wrong place and on the wrong patients take place around 20 times a week each, too.
When mistakes take place, many are able to be solved with another surgery or medication. However, if you've had the wrong leg amputated or a surgery you didn't need, there's little that can be done to help you fix that. When these issues happen, hospitals and medical teams end up paying out settlements for medical malpractice.
Source: Web MD, "Thousands of Mistakes Made in Surgery Every Year," Jennifer Warner, accessed June. 01, 2015