How Common are Surgical Errors?

May 20, 2015

According to WSVN-TV, a South Florida family was recently awarded $7.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit that contended that two surgeons erred and cost a woman her life.

The station reported that the woman underwent surgery to remove a tumor from her skull when she died in 2009. The lawsuit indicated that the surgeons responsible for performing the operation on the woman failed to property evaluate her medical condition.

The surgeons allegedly failed to notice blood coming from underneath her head during the operation, causing her to bleed out. Additionally, the lawsuit contended that the victim should not have undergone the procedure, and that radiation and chemotherapy treatments would have been more effective in fighting the tumor. Previously, a hospital anesthesiologist and internist settled malpractice lawsuits relating to the woman’s death.

The surgeons involved in the lawsuit are still practicing medicine, according to WSVN.

An Attorney Can Help You with a Medical Malpractice Claim

Unfortunately, as this case shows, mistakes made by medical providers can be fatal. In fact, “never events”—surgical errors that should never occur during procedures—kill about 4,000 Americans each year. The events include instances when items are left in patients, arteries are severed or the wrong organ is removed from a victim.

Although it may be very difficult after an unexpected death, if your loved one died during surgery, you should talk to an attorney. While no amount of money will bring your loved one back, you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit, which can create a stable foundation for you and your family.

Money obtained through a malpractice lawsuit can help pay for items relating to your loved one’s death, including the loss of income. Additionally, a lawsuit can hold a provider liable for mistakes, potentially ensuring that other families will not have to suffer through losses.

Continue to follow our blog for more news about medical malpractice incidents in Florida.



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