When a patient is required to undergo surgery, there are many concerns, such as mistakes being made. Most, if not all, surgical errors are preventable. As a result, many experts refer to these instances as "never events." Yet, the sad truth is that these errors occur with much more frequency than they should. Tired, careless and otherwise negligent medical professionals make mistakes that leave patients at risk of suffering serious harm. Those who are injured by a surgical error and are lucky enough to survive the ordeal can be left with extensive damages, as one recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit attests.
Most Michigan residents trust their doctors. However, they may not realize that medical errors cause up to 440,000 deaths a year, with a number of them occurring during medical procedures. While some of these deaths and other injuries are caused by egregious errors, such as operating on the wrong body part or leaving surgical instruments inside of a patient, a recent study found that even short-term stress can significantly increase the risk of a surgical error that could leave a patient seriously harmed or dead.
Most Michiganders have endured medical procedures. They probably felt that twinge of fear that tends to strike in the hours or even days leading up to the operation. More often than not, those who undergo surgery find themselves relieved when they wake up to find that the procedure was nothing short of a success. In some instances, though, these operations go horribly wrong, and people are seriously injured or killed as a result.