A frightening new study has been released that indicates patients in post-operative
care will be the victims of four to five procedural mistakes and 51 percent
of those mistakes have been linked to serious medical complications. Though
the study was conducted outside of Cleveland and outside of the United
States as a whole, one physician believes the results are similar to what
happens in teaching hospitals across the country.
It is not surprising that medical professionals make mistakes, but when
these mistakes cause a patient damage, pain or, worse, a fatal medical
complication, the doctors and hospital staff members whose care fell below
the professional standard can be held responsible. By working with a medical
mistake attorney to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, a patient can
be compensated for his or her injuries.
The study followed those people who underwent non-emergency surgery between
2008 and 2010. Of those whose cases were followed, there were 352 mistakes
identified and 256 were process errors. This includes delay in diagnoses
or treatment and a lack of communication between staff members.
Though none of the patients who experienced medical mistakes died or were
permanently disabled, this does not mean that many of them did not suffer
considerable pain, and discomfort because of poor post-operative care.
One thing the study did not track was how many of the patients who were
harmed by medical mistakes filed medical malpractice lawsuits against
It is true that most people in Ohio who are admitted to the hospital for
surgery will leave without ever suffering a medical mistake, but when
these errors do happen, it is important that injured patients receive
the compensation that is due to them.
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above. But if you want to learn more about our work on behalf of those
who have experienced serious medical mistakes, visit our website.