Surgical Malpractice & Error Lawyer | Scott Goodwin Law

Michigan Improper Surgery Lawyer

Surgery always comes with risks. Even during minor, routine surgical procedures, it’s very easy for things to go wrong and seriously harm the patient. The tragic reality is that many different types of surgical errors are very preventable. In the medical industry, some types of surgical errors are referred to as “never events” because they are so egregious that they should never occur.

Despite all the efforts hospitals take to make sure that never events truly never happen, surgical errors still occur because of things like doctor incompetence or negligence, poor communication, and failing to follow proper procedures.

According to a 2012 report by Johns Hopkins University, never events occur at least 4,000 times per year in the United States and between 1990 and 2010, over 80,000 never events occurred. It’s estimated that cases of surgeons leaving surgical tools behind in patients occur at least 39 times per week and cases of wrong-site surgery or wrong-procedure surgery occur about 20 times per week.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error, it’s extremely important to get the help of a medical malpractice lawyer. Surgical error cases can be very complicated, so it’s important to have someone on your side who understands Michigan’s medical malpractice laws and can look out for your best interests so that you don’t get taken advantage of. Contact us today for help with your case.

Common Types of Surgical Errors

  • Wrong-site surgery
  • Wrong-patient surgery
  • Wrong-procedure surgery
  • Leaving surgical tools behind in the body
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Damaging healthy organs and nerves near the surgical site
  • Birth trauma

Surgical Error Statistics

  • 62% of surgeons responsible for never events were found to be involved in more than one incident (Johns Hopkins University)
  • 32.9% of paid medical malpractice claims between 1990 and 2010 involved permanent injuries (Johns Hopkins University)