Here at Martin Walker Law, we like to keep East Texans informed. Not just so that we can connect with the community, but to also help you become more aware of the risks involved in the medical industry. We know it’s important that everyone is kept aware of the latest happenings of this busy and sometimes chaotic industry.
Perhaps one of the scariest medical malpractice situations to think about is having a surgeon mistakenly remove or operate on the wrong part of your body or even remove the wrong organ. Unfortunately for many people each year, this is a harsh reality. According to WebMD, this type of situation takes place more than 4,000 times each year. We feel that it would take only one for this to be considered too often. According to their research, each week surgeons leave a foreign object such as a sponge or towel inside the patient’s body up to 39 times. They perform the wrong procedure entirely on patients up to 20 times. They even operate on the wrong body site up to 20 times each week. Malpractice settlements and judgments relating to these type of occurrences totaled to 9,744 paid malpractice judgments and claims over the 20 year period in the study. These claims totaled $1.3 billion dollars due to these ‘never events’. The individuals who completed this study claim that the figures are most likely even higher than the reports because so many of these events end up never being reported.
If you or a loved one has had an object left in your body after surgery, had the wrong procedure performed, or had an operation on the wrong side of your body. We want you to know that you deserve to be compensated to the full amount for these mistakes. Call us now for a free case evaluation (903) 526-1600.