Preventable medical mistakes are cause for medical malpractice claims

Preventable medical mistakes are cause for medical malpractice claims

A recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit highlights two common sources of medical malpractice, and preventable medical errors.

The medical negligence case alleges that a surgeon committed at least significant mistakes. First, he operated on the wrong body part. She was having surgery to correct a lazy left eye, and he performed the surgery on her right eye. This is despite discussing the surgery ahead of time and clearly placing marks around the correct eye indicating where to cut.

Performing an operation on the wrong body part is an example of a preventable medical mistake. This may include a wide range of errors – such as removing the wrong kidney, amputating a healthy limb, performing a mastectomy on a non-cancerous breast, or as in this case, operating on the wrong eye. The damage from these errors may have limited effects or have profound and devastating consequences.

To make matters worse, after the doctor realized his error, and while the patient was recovering, he attempted to perform the correct surgery without anesthesia. Anesthesia errors are another frequent source of medical malpractice claims. Administering too high, too low, or the incorrect dosage can have devastating consequences. In this instance, the patient was awake and sensitive to pain when the doctor began slicing into her left eye.

As a result of these preventable errors, she now suffers permanent vision damage and trauma.

Preventable medical errors occur at an alarming rate, with deaths from medical mistakes being the third most common cause of death in the United States. For more information, or if you believe that you or a loved one has been harmed by a preventable medical error, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice attorneys at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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