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Patients in Ohio may have heard of the “July Effect” before; when teaching hospitals receive new medical residents in July, many people believe that having any kind of surgery or medical procedure during the month will raise the risk of medical malpractice. A new study says, however, that there really isn’t a large increase in risk with being admitted in July than at any other time of the year.

That is not to say that there are no dangers associated with being seen by new medical residents. Those people admitted to the hospital during July were typically at a higher risk of being sent to a long-term care facility and postoperative infection. While researchers didn’t go into detail about what caused these outcomes, it is possible that it had to do with new, inexperienced doctors engaged in risky behaviors. Regardless of what exactly happened, if there is evidence of medical malpractice or negligence, a medical malpractice attorney may be able to get compensation for injured patients.

While the lead author of the study has assured individuals that there is no reason to avoid medical procedures in July, the threat of a postoperative infection or long-term care facility is very real. For some of the most vulnerable populations, an infection could wreak havoc on the body and, in some cases, be fatal. Being sent to a long-term care facility like a nursing home will also cost patients more money than they would have otherwise budgeted. In these kinds of situations, it may be especially important to file medical malpractice claims against negligent doctors and residents.