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Surgical Errors

Surgical Errors

Hurt by a surgical error? Call a NYC medical malpractice lawyer!

Research conducted by Johns Hopkins University reveals that surgical errors occur more than 4,000 times every year in the United States. Some medical events are non-preventable, adverse side effects of surgical procedure – injuries resulting from surgical errors do not fit this category. Surgical errors happen when a surgeon or surgical assistant fails to perform the acceptable standard of care on a patient, and the patient consequently suffers serious harm, even death.

Were you or a loved one harmed by a surgical mistake? The Perecman Firm is here to evaluate your claim and determine your legal recourse. Call (212) 577-9325 to learn more.

Common Surgical Mistakes

That same research by Johns Hopkins indicated that many of these surgical errors fall into the category of “never events” – which is self-explanatory. There is never an excuse for a surgeon to leave an operating instrument inside a patient’s body, or to perform the wrong procedure on a patient, and yet it happens – 39 times a week and 20 times a week, respectively.

Some common types of surgical errors include, but are not limited to:

  • Leaving foreign objects inside of a patient
  • Performing the wrong procedure on a patient
  • Operating on the wrong body part or side of the body
  • Accidental perforation of internal organs / internal bleeding
  • Anesthesia errors (too much or too little)
  • Improper sanitation causing surgical-related infections

Surgical Error Statistics

Research on surgical mistakes is troubling in that it exists at all. Any avoidable mistake that harms a patient is concerning, and yet these incidents continue to occur at an alarming rate. Some statistics on surgical mistakes include:

  • Most never events harm patients between the ages of 40-49
  • 62% of surgeons cited in surgical mistake incidents had been cited at least once before
  • Never events occur in one out of every 112,000 surgical procedures
  • The most common type of never event is wrong side surgery, comprising 59% of this category

Your Legal Rights and Options

If you or someone you love was harmed by a surgical mistake, you may be able to take legal action. These cases are highly complex, so we encourage you to speak with one of our New York City medical malpractice lawyers directly. Clients who retain The Perecman Firm to handle their case do not pay a fee unless we win their case. Initial consultations are free, so call (212) 577-9325 to speak with one of us today.

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