On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Surgical Errors on Friday, June 12, 2015.

The thought of surgery can be frightening for an individual. While a successful surgery can potentially result in months of rehabilitation and time away from work and family, thoughts that there is always the possibility of surgical errors occurring can result in many sleepless nights for any Texas resident. A recent study finds that unfortunate mistakes are still made in hospitals that could be prevented.

The study found that doctors occasionally commit errors, such as operating on the wrong patient or operating on the wrong part of a patient. Communication issues between medical personnel are often the underlying reasons for many of these errors. Some examples include insufficient information for operating-room staff, lack of communication between team members and ignoring potentially important information.

According to the review, there is not a clear means of preventing these incidents from happening. Studies show that such errors usually occur due to specific circumstances. Regardless of why these events occur, it was concluded that none of them should ever take place.

There are a myriad of different mistakes that medical personnel have committed in hospitals in Texas and all across the country. Surgical errors can be some of the most detrimental of these mistakes and can be life changing for any patients who become victim to them. In cases where negligence appears to be the cause, a victim may have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Any and all of a victim’s medical expenses may be covered by the compensation awarded from a successfully litigated lawsuit.

Source: livescience.com, “Major Surgical Mistakes Still Happen in the US”, Laura Geggel, June 11, 2015