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‘Never Events’ Happen More Often Than Never

Medical Malpractice AttorneyIn the medical world, mistakes happen, but the doctor who made them must be held accountable for them, as any New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer will tell you. Possible medical malpractice incidents include, but are not limited to: operating on the wrong part of the body, leaving an instrument inside a patient, or even operating on the wrong person altogether. Unfortunately, these mistakes occur far more often than one might believe- approximately 500 times each year.

Studies from the Hopskins Medicine Journal indicate that in the period between September 1990 September 2010, there were 9,744 paid malpractice claims for such events. About 50% of these were instances in which surgeons left an object (typically a sponge) inside the patient after a surgery. The other 50% were cases in which the wrong part of the body was operated on or the wrong procedure was undertaken. Even though there have been acts to check back for these things, such as the Patient Safety Act signed by the New Jersey legislature, every year individuals and families seek out lawyers to help them sort through the legal aftermath of ‘never events’.

Know the Risk of ‘Never Events’

Research compiled from a smaller sample of data, from 2004 through 2010, shows that 6.6 percent of patients experiencing said events go on to die from those complications. Approximately 33% sustained a permanent injury, and 60% sustained a temporary injury. Related studies also found that patients under 60 had far greater chances of surviving of such an event than patients over 60. In any case, it is important that you know all of the legal stipulations, rules and procedures regarding the aforementioned instances. The New Jersey law firm Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. specializes in personal injuries and has over 25 years of experience in the field.

For any further questions or concerns, please contact Gersowitz, Libo & Korek P.C. at 800-LAW-9997.

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