Topic: Personal Injury
Hawaii news reports that a medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed against a St. Louis area hospital following a wrong side brain surgery. According to the negligence claim, the woman required surgery on the left side of her brain, but the right side of her head was prepped for surgery prior to the operation. The lawsuit further explains that the full operation was performed and none of the doctors, nurses or other medical staff noticed that the surgery was occurring on the wrong side.
Wrong side surgery is one of the most serious examples of preventable medical mistakes. If you or a loved one has endured the trauma of a wrong site surgery it is critical that you consult with a dedicated Hawaii medical malpractice attorney right away. A skilled Hawaii personal injury lawyer can begin an investigation into all of the factors that may have led to a medical mistake and ensure that you received all the compensation you deserve.
Unfortunately disastrous – entirely preventable – medical mistakes continue to occur at an alarming rate. Preventable medical errors include things such as wrong-site surgeries, medication errors, leaving sponges inside patients and a general lack of attention leading to hospital-acquired infections, and bedsores.
In fact, a landmark study published a little over 10 years ago revealed that hospital errors were responsible for an astonishing 98,000 injuries of deaths per year. Medical errors in hospitals kill more Americans every year than AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined.
Recent reports conducted by the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services point to an even higher error rate. The HHS medical error study concludes that just 1 in 7 hospital errors or accidents is reported, contrary to what is required by law. Additionally it is estimated that more than 130,000 Medicare patients have one or more “adverse events” in a single month.
Investigations of medical mistakes often center on a breakdown in communication among hospital staff. As described in a recent article discussing medical errors, “The potential for mistakes is highest when routines are delayed or changed. Operating rooms are turned over quickly, nurses change shifts in the middle of a procedure and doctors fail to lead pre-surgery checklists.”
Here, all of the factors leading up to the wrong-site brain surgery are yet to be discovered.
For more information about preventable medical errors or if you believe that you or a loved one may have suffered harm as the result of any form of medical malpractice, please contact the top Hawaii medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.