In 2000, two surgeons mistakenly removed the wrong kidney from a 70-year old patient; the patient died immediately after the surgery.
Mistakes in the medical field occur more frequently than anyone can imagine and, in many instances, these mistakes happen in some of the best hospitals and are committed by some of the best doctors in the U.S. Every year, about 225,000 lives are lost due to medical mistakes, making it one of leading causes of death in the country.
Medical mistakes usually result to medical malpractice, with negligence or carelessness being their root cause. Contrary to the supposition that patients are totally safe in the hands of doctors or any other medical professional, a totally safe medical procedure is not always the case. Another example of a medical mistake case (after the one cited above) is the error committed on three different patients: the mistake of operating on the wrong side of a patient’s brain was committed three times in just one year and all in the same hospital.
Medical mistake affect not only adults but children as well. Often, those who suffer the negligent acts of medical professionals are newborn children, who are made to suffer the birth injury called cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy is an incurable, chronic disorder which affects the brain and nervous system. It causes loss of motor function or impairment in muscle coordination. According to the United Cerebral Palsy, 500,000 children in the U.S. are already suffering from it and, every year, another 10,000 new cases are added to the number.
Cerebral palsy can be due to a doctor’s failure to treat or recognize fetal distress, giving a patient incorrect medications during delivery, excessive use of vacuum extraction, or failure to perform an emergency C-section during emergencies.
As emphasized in the website of the Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, patients who are injured due to mistakes committed by their doctors have the right pursue legal action in order to recover compensation for all of their pain and suffering. Many lawsuits, in fact, are based on failure of medical professionals to provide the standard of care to their patients. Whether a mistake is committed in a hospital or in a private clinic, so long as a patient is injured, this patient has all the right to seek justice.