A vast majority of plastic surgeries leave patients completely satisfied with the results. However, some procedures can leave clients feeling that the results were not even close to what was promised and expected. Although this is often elective surgery, plastic surgeons can still be held accountable for their actions and mistakes. Doctor Malpractice Doctors have a professional […]
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When a person makes the decision to go under the knife, it is usually after being assessed and diagnosed with an injury or ailment. Surgery is usually ordered as a precautionary treatment or as a remedy for those suffering from an illness or injury to either cure or help with their symptoms. Surgery isn’t always ordered as a treatment option by a medical professional, but in instances of surgery there is always a risk, sometimes slight to moderate, of further injury or complications in connection with the surgical accidents.
When prepping for a surgical operation, there are several steps to take and decisions to make prior to going under the knife. A doctor or other medical professional may have recommended the surgery as a treatment for a condition or injury, but there could be other medical professionals involved in the process along the way. While this is not only unavoidable and necessary, each medical professional has a specific role to play. The highest Pennsylvania court has issued a ruling concerning the role of medical professionals and obtaining consent.
With advances in technology, no industry goes unaffected. Many people and industries benefit from the technological advances that have, generally, brought people forward and onward. But, technology is not made or used without error. The medical industry has seen many surgeries and other types of medical treatments utilize technological machines, or robots, to perform surgeries and other medical procedures.
Making the decision to go under the knife for a surgical procedure is a big decision. Surgeries can be beneficial for many reasons, but they also come with their own set of risks versus rewards. Even the most routine surgery has the possibility of going wrong and causing harm to the patient. While not all of this risk for injury is due to the negligence of a medical professional or provider, it’s possible that their actions or inactions can lead to an unnecessary injury for a loved one in a Pennsylvania hospital.
A 54-year-old man from Pennsylvania recently won a lawsuit for almost $900,000, after his surgeon removed the wrong part of his body. The man experienced chronic testicular pain for 15 years in his right testicle. Although, the man later believed less invasive options were possible, his doctor suggested performing an operation to remove the man’s right testicle. However, the doctor mistakenly removed the man’s left testicle instead.
When your life is quite literally in your surgeon’s hands, you want to be able to trust that person. But surgical errors in the operating room are far from rare. A 2006 study by the National Institutes of Health reported on over one thousand neurosurgeries and the surgical error statistics are rather sobering.
According to WebMD, at least 4,000 surgical mistakes happen every year, and that doesn’t include mistakes that may go unreported because they weren’t discovered immediately. This number seems alarming and it may be especially jarring for those who recently underwent surgery or are preparing for an upcoming surgical procedure.
A cancer patient presented to the University Hospital Coventry in England to have her kidney removed as part of her cancer treatment; tragically, the mother of three passed away two days after the operation. The woman allegedly died due to a medical error in which the blood supply from two arteries was cut off, which was not supposed to be a part of the procedure. This fact was never reported to the woman’s family. The family only learned of these allegations after BBC received an anonymous tip and informed the family. In addition, the hospital reportedly did not report any error to the coroner’s office. The hospital wrote to the woman’s family and apologized “for the distress that they have suffered.” The hospital also said that the coroner was immediately notified of the death in a detailed report. The coroner’s office, however, stated that “the hospital did not make the coroner aware of any surgical error at the time of death or subsequently until the matter was brought to the coroner’s attention by solicitors for the family.”
Health officials are investigating a complaint that a Massachusetts surgeon inadvertently removed a kidney from the wrong patient. The alleged error occurred at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, but the patient’s physician, who was not affiliated with the hospital, scheduled the surgery and is most likely at fault. Officials connected with St. Vincent Hospital gave the following statement: