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Study Finds Alarmingly High Rate of “Never” Surgical Accidents

By Alpert Schreyer on December 26, 2012

Surgeons call accidents that many would see as nightmarish, such as having the wrong body part operated on or having a surgical item left inside them, “never events.” However, a new study has found out that these “never” mistakes occur more than 4,000 times every year in the United States, according to Fox News.

Surgical ErrorsThe study, published by Surgery medical journal, found that there were 9,744 never accident cases that were identified from 1990 through 2010. In total, six percent of all victims died from these accidents, 59.2 percent suffered a temporary injury, and 32.9 percent received some form of permanent injury.

However, researchers believe that only 12 percent of these never events end in some form of compensation and recognition, leading them to believe that approximately 4,082 never accidents happen every year in the country.

In total, 49.8 percent of these surgical accidents involved a foreign object being left inside a patient, the most common item being a surgical sponge. Of the remaining never accidents, 25.1 percent were the wrong procedure being performed, 24.8 percent involved the wrong body part being operated on, and 0.3 percent had the wrong patient being operated on.

Because these accidents are so severe in nature, patients can suffer both new injuries as well as the worsening of preexisting conditions due to not receiving needed treatment. Should these mistakes not be caught promptly, a victim can suffer major complications and possibly die from his or her injuries.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to a hospital’s mistakes, the Charles County hospital error lawyers at Alpert Schreyer can use their years of successful experience to provide you proper legal representation. Finding fair and full compensation can give you the chance to recover from all of your losses to the best of your abilities. For a free case evaluation on your case, call our offices at (844) 632-7274.

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