It was a routine procedure, so they thought. A 10-year old boy was suffering from appendicitis and had to have his appendix removed immediately. His parents took him to the nearby hospital to undergo the procedure and were expected to have him out of the operation within 30 minutes. An hour went by, then another, then another, and no one had come out with news about what was happening. Finally, when someone did come out, the parents already knew that something was wrong. They told the parents that the boy had suffered cardiac arrest during the procedure, which to them was strange because aside from the appendix issue, he was perfectly healthy. They later discovered that the anesthesiologist had administered too much anesthesia for his weight and caused him to go into cardiac arrest. The cardiac arrest caused his brain to be deprived of oxygen for about 5 minutes, enough for him to suffer brain damage.
This is a case that happens quite frequently within the medical field. Medical negligence is performed on a daily basis by various healthcare providers and patients are becoming injured and even die from these negligence’s. Surgeries are filled with risks, but if medical negligence is tied into the surgery, those risks are multiplied, can cases like the above take place. Surgical Medical Malpractice Jacksonville lawyers understand how a person who undergoes a surgery might already be nervous and scared, they do not expect to become victims of a negligence during their surgical procedure. No one ever believes it could happen to them until it does, which is when action needs to be sought with a litigation for medical malpractice. Patients place their lives on the line when they decide to undergo a procedure, which medical professionals should treat with care and caution.
They Performed a Medical Negligence During my Surgery!
Surgeries can be different from case to case. Just like the reasons for that surgery can range dramatically. Despite why a person is undergoing a surgery or which surgery they are undergoing, if medical negligence is executed during the procedure, the end result will most likely be the same: the patient will suffer injuries. These are some eminent medical negligences that have happened throughout the years and will continue to happen:
- Patient being stitched up with foreign object left inside their body
- Lacking informed consent from the patient
- Removing a wrong body part
- Performing a surgery that was not necessary
- Amputating an unnecessary body part
- Injuring nerves or other organs while performing incision
- Wrong patient receiving surgery
- Wrong surgery being performed on patient; and
Surgical Procedure Malpractice Figures
- In 2009, there were 48 million inpatient surgeries performed
- Out of a study conducted of 90 malpractice claims, 70% of them were due to improperly performed surgery
- $86,882 is the average payout for neurosurgical claims
Surgeries Have Their Risk, But We Don’t Want the Added Danger
Adding danger to a patients surgery by performing a medical negligence is catastrophic. Surgeries must be performed with precision and care despite how routine they are. Lawyers at the Jacksonville firm of Percy Martinez Surgical Medical malpractice have come a long way helping victims of medical negligence and will continue to do so for years to come. Call them today.