The demand for an experienced malpractice attorney in Dublin, Ohio hasn’t changed dramatically in recent years. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 U.S. hospital patients die every year due to medical mistakes. Even when not fatal, surgical errors can lead to infection, nerve damage, amputation and brain damage.
Leaving surgical instruments inside patients: A shockingly high number of patients leave the operating room with lost materials still within them. A USA TODAY review found data to suggest that items are forgotten inside patients between 4,500 and 6,000 times a year. Potentially infection-causing sponges account for more than two-thirds of those incidents.
Wrong-site surgery: This refers to operations that were conducted on the wrong body part, wrong side, wrong patient, or involving an incorrect procedure. While this type of personal injury is rare, it is no less terrifying to ponder. The AHRQ reports that the average hospital will experience one wrong-site procedure every five to ten years.
Anesthesia errors: Relatively speaking, general anesthesia is exceptionally safe, and its risks are more closely related to your personal health or your specific procedure than to the anesthetic medication. But mistakes do happen, and they can include:
- Giving too much or too little anesthetic medication
- Not administering anesthesia soon enough
- Using defective equipment or devices to administer anesthesia
- Failure to adequately monitor a patient during a procedure
- Not providing oxygen properly during surgery
- Administering an incorrect anesthesia drug
Failure to prevent avoidable infection: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that about one in every twenty-five hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. In 2011, roughly 75,000 patients died during their hospitalization due to infections.
If you need a qualified malpractice attorney in Dublin or Columbus, Ohio, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack by completing the form on this page, or by calling 1 (614) 766-2000 now to schedule a consultation.