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Surgical Errors

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Surgical errors are deemed a “never event” because they are medical mistakes that should never happen. Tragically, surgical errors in hospitals and surgery centers 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 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 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 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.



Settlements and Verdicts for: Surgical Errors

Medical Malpractice: After undergoing outpatient surgery to remove a benign ovarian cyst, patient began to have complications. She started having pain almost immediately after the surgery, and was unable to urinate. The symptoms continued the following day, so she went back to the hospital. Several days later it was discovered the surgeon had nicked the patient’s ureter and bowels during the procedure. Patient had to stay in the hospital 2.5 months. She had to have a colostomy and lost her left kidney function. Confidential settlements reached with all parties.

Medical Malpractice: Neurosurgeon Ronald Bernstein, M.D., performed a right occipital craniotomy to remove a tumor (acoustic neuroma). With little brain surgery experience, the surgeon removed portions of healthy brain tissue, mostly cerebellar, instead of removing the tumor. The patient was left in a state of quadriplegia and died two months later. Confidential settlements reached with defendant surgeon, assistant surgeon and the hospital.