A study published in The Spine Journal took a look at malpractice cases involving spine surgeries from 2010 to 2014. The authors studied all 103 cases during that time period and adjusted financial awards based on 2016 values. On average, a case settled in Arizona or elsewhere resulted in $2.3 million for the plaintiff. If a plaintiff went to court and won, that person was given an average of $4.9 million by a jury.
Arizona patients may be interested to learn that, on June 14, a Pennsylvania man was awarded $870,000 after a surgeon removed the wrong testicle. The man had been scheduled to remove a testicle that had atrophied and was causing the man serious pain.
Surgery always carries some degree of risk. When an Arizona medical professional is careless or negligent, that risk might arise and cause significant harm to a patient. For example, surgery could be done on the wrong organ or the wrong limb. Potentially less serious errors could still have a devastating effect. Furthermore, a surgical error might not even be made by a human. Increasingly, robots are used in surgery, and while they may make fewer mistakes overall, there is still a possibility for error.
Arizona parents might wonder whether routine surgery could be dangerous or present a risk of medical malpractice. For example, a tonsillectomy is usually a safe, routine procedure that more than half a million children undergo each year. However, in Detroit, a 9-year-old girl died during a tonsillectomy, and it is expected that her family will file a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit.
Arizona residents who are suffering from severe conditions like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease might be tempted to try any treatment, but a warning from the Food and Drug Administration has attacked a procedure that some physicians had been testing. Known as transvascular autonomic modulation, the procedure requires a tiny balloon to be inflated inside the veins of the neck. This could potentially widen the pathway and improve blood flow.
Surgical errors are the leading cause of benign bile duct stricture for patients in Arizona and across the United States, according to statistics. Such mistakes occur in between 0.1 percent and 1 percent of all gallbladder operations.
Arizona parents will likely be saddened by a story from Detroit about a medical procedure that went terribly wrong. A 9-year-old girl died after going into cardiac arrest on Dec.8, 2016, hours after having undergone a tonsillectomy at Children's Hospital of Michigan.
Arizona surgery patients may be interested in learning that some treatment errors are so serious that medical experts say they should never occur. These include a number of dangerous mistakes that are collectively known as wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors, or WSPEs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has even gone so far as to make it a policy to not reimburse hospitals that commit such transgressions.
As some New Yorkers may know, the outcome of spinal surgery may not always be perfect. In fact, some surgeries result in continuing pain. This is called failed back surgery syndrome. The cause may be linked to inadequate evaluation of the patient for surgery, misdiagnosis or errors made by the surgeon.
Modern medicine saves numerous lives, but sometimes the equipment, personnel and other factors severely injure and even kill the patients it was supposed to save. One newly discovered problem arises from equipment used in open heart surgical procedures.