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What Are the Worst Surgical Mistakes?

If you read last week’s blog, then you may have an understanding of how surgical errors can harm patients. However, retained surgical items is only one type of surgical error responsible for injuries and deaths each year. Additional types of surgical mistakes include: Wrong-site surgery: This type of surgical mistake is exactly what it sounds like. Surgeons may perform a procedure on the wrong part of the body. Hospitals can avoid this type of mistake by utilizing a pre-operation checklist and by clearly marking where to operate. Wrong-patient surgery: Believe it or not, there are instances where surgeons operate on the wrong patients. There was a recent medical malpractice case covered by the press where an 89-year-old woman died after receiving an unnecessary brain surgery. Doctors had confused the woman with another patient. Wrong surgical procedure: Surgeons can also perform the wrong type of procedure on a patient. For example,…
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Can I File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for a Botched Surgery?

There are cases where wrongful death claims can be filed against hospitals, clinics and doctors. In fact, a recent wrongful death lawsuit against a hospital involves a former Hollywood actor who died after a surgical procedure. Actor Bill Paxton’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor and hospital responsible for his failed heart surgery. Paxton, who starred in popular movies for decades, died 11 days after a surgical procedure to repair an aortic aneurysm. According to the family, the doctor failed to inform them about the high risks associated with the surgery and was not qualified to conduct the procedure. The lawsuit also mentions the surgeon was not in the room when Paxton began to suffer life-threatening complications. Paxton experienced excessive bleeding, shock and multiple heart problems during the surgery. According to the lawsuit, the surgeon failed to return to the operating room after being informed about Paxton’s…
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Can a Flu Misdiagnosis Be Fatal?

The US is in the middle of one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. Thousands of people across the US have been hospitalized for an aggressive strain of influenza. In fact, at no point in the last eight years have so many people been hospitalized for the flu. This flu season has also put an enormous strain on hospitals across the country. There are cases of medical providers diagnosing patients with the flu when they are suffering from more serious conditions. In California, a 12-year-old girl died after she developed a bacterial infection that was mistaken for the flu. According to the girl’s parents, she was initially taken to an urgent care clinic after suddenly falling ill in mid-December. She received a flu diagnosis and was brought home. Four days later, the girl was brought back to the clinic by her parents because she was having trouble breathing….
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