The liability insurance company Coverys published a report last month in which they highlighted how surgery is the second leading cause of medical malpractice claims. Diagnostic errors assumed the first position.
Coverys’ data shows that 32% of all medical liability claims filed during the five years between 2014 and 2018 were diagnostic-related. Another 25% of them had to do with surgical errors. At least 78% of the latter 2,579 cases stemmed from the surgeon poorly performing a procedure. At least 9% of the patients who were operated on lost their lives as a result. Another 29% were left with significant injuries.
Three different types of surgeons were most apt to be sued in medical malpractice lawsuits related to surgical procedures. At least 8% of the physicians sued were neurosurgeons. Another 17% were orthopedics. The remaining 22% were general surgeons.
The plaintiffs in each of these lawsuits cited various reasons for suing their doctors. At least 27% of them cited poor communication or a lack of clinical judgment for the filing of their lawsuit. Another 39% of the plaintiffs alleged that their doctor had a breakdown in technical skills. Other leading reasons for these lawsuits were delays in operating or after performing the wrong patient/site/side or unnecessary procedures. At least 7% of the doctors sued allegedly left a foreign body in their patients’ bodies.
If there’s one thing that you often hear ahead of a surgical procedure, it’s that there’s nothing routine about a surgery. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when a doctor has to open you up. While doctors may be to blame if something goes wrong, many factors are beyond their control that can cause things to take a turn for the worse.
A medical malpractice attorney in Redwood City can review your medical records to see if any impropriety has occurred. Your California lawyer can aid you in seeking justice if it indeed did.