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A surgical error is deemed a “never event” because it is a mistake that should never happen. Tragically, surgical errors in hospitals happen far too often, as highlighted by recent medical studies.
Surgical errors may involve leaving foreign objects like sponges or scissors in a patient, anesthesia problems, operating on the wrong site, operating on the wrong patient, or performing the wrong procedure altogether.
A recent study published in Surgery found that although the harm to most surgery patients is temporary, a third of the time the injury is permanent. Researchers found that only about 10% of injured surgical patients received compensation.
Even more disconcerting, a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that hospitals have no financial incentive to reduce their rate of surgical complications because insurance companies will reimburse them for surgeries even if a medical error was involved. In fact, hospitals will receive a bigger payout in the event of a surgical error because those patients require extra care.
If you or a loved one was injured by a medical error following a surgical procedure, contact the Tucson medical malpractice attorneys at Hollingsworth Kelly for a free consultation. Our attorneys have the experience and the skills in medical malpractice litigation to obtain the maximum compensation for victims of surgical errors.