When you go into the hospital for surgery, you may worry about the possibility of getting an infection, or other common complications. Usually you’re going to trust that your doctor and medical team know what they are doing and won’t make any major mistakes. Unfortunately for residents in Florida and throughout the country, major surgical errors occur all the time. The repercussions of these mistakes can range from temporary discomfort to permanent disability or even death.
A study by The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine revealed that surgical errors happen in hospitals and medical centers about 80 times per week, or more than 4,000 times each year. While rare, surgical errors are a serious form of medical malpractice, and professionals have termed them “never events,” meaning that they should never happen.