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Common Injuries Stemming from Preventable Surgical Mistakes

Michael Becker

Some complications stemming from a surgery are unavoidable and are part of the standard risks inherent with the procedure. But certain careless or reckless actions can cause serious injury and complications that were otherwise avoidable.

Injuries Caused by Surgical Mistakes

All kinds of mishaps in the operating room can cause injuries. Leaving a surgical instrument inside the patient, for example, can lead to severe pain, bleeding and infection. A study by researchers at John Hopkins Medical that was released in December 2012 estimated that 39 times a week a sponge or towel is left inside a patient’s body, so the problem is more widespread than some realize.

Operating on the wrong site was another of the John Hopkins study’s ‘never events’ that should never happen in surgery. The correct site will still require surgery, which may be complicated in some cases. For example, if surgery is necessary to remove the left kidney, but the right is removed instead, it may complicate any further treatment.

Some of these errors may lead to organ damage. This may be the case if the surgeon cuts an organ by mistake while performing the procedure, or may be the result of infection caused by a foreign body left inside the patient.

These examples could be the result of medical negligence and lead to the recovery of compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

Seeking Help from an Attorney

It’s hard to believe that a skilled, trained professional could make a surgical mistake. Yet it happens more often than it should. If you were a victim, seek legal advice from the Becker Law Firm at (440) 252-4399. We can explain the legal options that may be available.

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