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The high cost and frequency of surgical errors

Unfortunately, surgical errors are no entirely uncommon as 4,000 surgical errors occur each year according to information provided in 2012. Medical malpractice legal options are in place to help victims of medical malpractice, such as surgical errors, which can be devastating for victims.

Serious surgical errors can include when medical care professional and doctors perform the wrong procedure or leave a sponge or foreign object in the body of the victim. Unfortunately, estimates reveal that on a weekly basis, medical care professionals leave a sponge or towel inside a patient's body 39 times; perform the wrong procedure 20 times; or operate on the wrong site of a patient's body 20 times.

These events are described as of serious concern and as events that should not take place. Researchers estimate that 4,044 surgical errors and events like these that should not take place occur annually. Surgical errors result in temporary injuries nearly 60 percent of the time; death 6.6 percent of the time; and permanent injuries 33 percent of the time. It is helpful for patients to be familiar with how to protect themselves but also for victims to be familiar with the medical malpractice legal options available to them when they have been harmed.

Medical malpractice legal options provide important protections for victims and their families who have been harmed by surgical errors and other negligence by medical care professionals. When victims have suffered physical, financial and emotional damages associated with medical mistakes and negligence, it is important for them to be familiar with the important legal resources available to them.

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