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 nonemergency 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 the hospital.
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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