Believe it or not, but some of the worst errors which result either in injuries or death are committed by some of the most intelligent and well trained individuals, and in places where safety and quality care are supposed to be priorities, especially for those suffering from serious illnesses. The persons guilty of these grave mistakes are doctors, some of them have been practicing for decades, while the places where the mistakes are committed are hospitals, particularly surgery rooms.
Though absurd as it may sound, but a case actually happened wherein three different doctors committed the mistake of operating on their respective patients’ wrong side of the brain. While leaving a medical instrument inside a patient’s body is already a very common surgical error, ever heard about a patient who, while being operated on, was accidentally set on fire? What about a patient, whose healthy kidney, instead of the damaged one, was removed, or a man who suffered the removal of the wrong testicle, or the wrong leg of a person getting amputated?
Surgical errors are real and at least 200,000 thousand cases are committed every year, some of these resulting to more serious injuries, while others result to patient death. These errors are registered in the list of medical malpractices every year, according to an article posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association. However, due to hospital administrators concealing many other cases of surgical mistakes, it is believed that the actual number is much higher than 200,000 thousand.
Doctors who have been reported as having committed, and still continue to commit, medical errors, likewise number to thousands. Many of these doctors still have pending cases which will determine whether they are guilty of the malpractice they are being accused of.
Surgical errors, as discussed in one law firm’s website, called Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., also include surgery on wrong patient, incorrect surgical procedure. mishandling of surgical instruments, improper suturing, and post-surgical complications. The said firm also says that, due to the life-altering effects of surgical errors, victims should never hesitate pursuing a legal action against the negligent medical professional.