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Surgical Errors Archives

The basics of the time limit to bring a medical malpractice suit

Malpractice suits, like all lawsuits, are subject to time limits known as 'statutes of limitations.' In fact, the only type of legal action that isn't subject to a time limit are prosecutions for murder. Most other lawsuits, civil and criminal, are subject to time limits. The purpose of time limits is to ensure that people (a) bring their claims in a timely manner and (b) relieve people from being worried about getting sued for their entire life. This post will go over the basics of statutes of limitations (SOLs) and how they may affect you.

Three questions you should ask after a surgical error

Surgery errors may sound like an obvious issue, like a forgotten sponge or wrong-site procedure, but not all of them are that obvious. Doctors can commit errors regarding proper technique, method or even using the wrong tool. This post will discuss three questions you may ask after a surgical error.

Commonly misused surgical tools

Doctors are not perfect, which is why there is a team to support and double check them. Multiple nurses and physicians regularly check each others' notes and work to ensure that mistakes are kept to a minimum. While these safety checks are great at catching improper medications and doses, they cannot prevent errors that occur in the surgical room. Unfortunately, doctors are the last line of defense when it comes to correctly using surgical tools.

Five Common Surgical Mistakes, Part 2

Surgeries, no matter how routine, are always a little dangerous. Lucky, most surgeries go off without a problem. But that still leaves thousands of patients who are injured due to surgical errors and during recovery. A previous post discussed how doctors occasionally leave objects inside of patients and that improper hygiene procedures by the surgical team often result in preventable infections. This post will discuss the last three surgical errors: falls, medication errors and wrong-site surgeries.

Five Common Surgical Mistakes, Part 1

Surgery has risks. The doctor could make a mistake. The nursing team could forget an instrument. Or sometimes things just go wrong, like a complication or unknown medical issue pops up. Unfortunately, surgeons still make preventable mistakes during surgery. This post will address two of those common causes.

"Never event" surgeries occur 4,000 times a year

A "never event" is a surgical mistake that is completely preventable and should never occur. For example, doctors may strictly follow every procedure but there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of infection. But there are numerous ways to ensure that sponges are not left inside of a patient's body. A study from Johns Hopkins estimates that at least 4,000 of these never events occur annually.

How does patient-physician privilege affect lawsuits?

Surgery is complicated. Sometimes doctors make mistakes and sometimes things go wrong. Unfortunately, whenever you go "under the knife," death is a possibility. Litigating wrongful death actions are complicated. They involve complex issues of law. Plus, the primary witness is deceased. You are dealing with a deceased loved one, which brings in complicated emotions and feelings of loss. The entire lawsuit acts as a reminder of your loved one.

There is a time limit to file a medical malpractice claim

Surgeons are people, in many ways superhuman people, but people, nonetheless. As a patient, you need to be able to trust your doctor as you are placing your life literally in their hands. So, when a surgeon makes a mistake, it is devastating and unsettling. This article will go over how long you have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor and hospital that made a mistake during your procedure.

Surgical errors can prove fatal for elderly and children

Surgery is a word that makes even the most reckless person shudder. The idea of going to sleep and placing your fate in the hands of someone whom you met a handful of times is a terrifying thought. Luckily, doctors are an elite group of people with years of schooling, training and experience under their belt to ensure that mistakes are minimal.

Jury verdict awards $10.4 million in compensation

Every day, hundreds of Maryland residents undergo surgical procedures. The majority of those patients' surgeries are successful. However, in some instances, patients leave the hospitals in worse conditions than they entered due to surgical errors. In one out-of-state case, a jury recently awarded a patient $10.4 million in compensation for the injuries he suffered while recovering from a surgery performed in 2007.

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