Surgical errors are, unfortunately, all too common at hospitals throughout Chicago, Illinois, and across the country. In fact, research conducted by Johns Hopkins University revealed that surgical “never events” (those mistakes that should never occur in surgery) happen at least 4,000 times a year in the United States. The data, which was published in Surgery, revealed that more than 80,000 “never events” occurred between 1990 and 2010.
The study also revealed the following startling information:
- Approximately 39 times a week a foreign object, such as a towel or sponge, is left inside of a patient.
- Approximately 20 times a week, surgeons perform the wrong surgery or operate on the wrong body part.
- More than 9,744 medical malpractice claims were paid during the twenty year period, which cost more than $1.3 billion.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error, you may be able to sue the doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist, or hospital in a medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuit. If you are successful in proving that the doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist, or hospital was negligent in administering medical care, you may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and emotional distress, among other damages.
If you or a loved one were the victim of surgical error, contact one of our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about a possible medical malpractice or wrongful death lawsuit.