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Top 5 Surgical Errors in the Operating Room
We trust doctors and surgeons who have completed years of medical school to care for our very bodies when we are sick, hurting and vulnerable. We trust them to treat our wounds, care for our children and fix us. But what happens when their attempts to fix us only make it worse.
What are surgical errors?
Surgical errors are a form of medical malpractice that occurs when a surgeon commits negligence while in the process of any kind of surgery or other surgical procedure, no matter how big or small.
Types of Surgical Errors
Anything unintended that occurs in or around the time of surgery can be considered a surgical error. The top 5 types of surgical errors are:
- Treating the wrong patient
- Retained instruments
- Losing patients
- Illegitimate doctors
- Neglect while in the ER awaiting care
Surgical Error Statistics in Virginia
The Chicago-based group that awards accreditations to the hospitals in the United States called the Joint Commission states that Virginia is one among many states that fail to require doctors and hospitals to report mistakes like wrong-site surgeries. In addition, the commission claims that “wrong-site surgeries occur 40 times a week in U.S. hospitals and clinics.” This is unacceptable and means that many Virginians suffer from medical malpractice and negligence that could be prevented.
Ask a Alexandria Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you have become a victim of a surgical error and you’re wondering how on earth this could have happened, you need a qualified and experienced attorney on your side. Only attorneys who are well-versed in medical and surgical procedures and medical malpractice law are ones whom you want to trust with your case. Going after doctors and hospitals can be risky and complicated.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at Kamerow Law Firm today. Call us at 703-370-8088.