Recently, a patient at an Ohio hospital received a kidney transplant intended for another patient. Fortunately, the organ was compatible and the patient is recovering, but certainly a medical mistake such as this could have easily turned deadly.
While astonishing, surgical errors are all too common, and can include unnecessary surgeries, misidentification and surgery on wrong body parts (in this case the wrong person), failure to treat complications, physical injury and bleeding, anesthesia errors, failure to monitor breathing, or even leaving foreign objects in the body. Surgical errors can often be traced back to factors such as lack of experience, inattention, negligence, exhaustion, or even distraction.
While any surgery carries risks, a hospital, surgical center, doctor, anesthesiologist, surgeon, or other medical professional whose actions result in injury can be held liable for damages caused by negligence or insufficient skill. Patients who have suffered physical and emotional harm due to medical malpractice are entitled to compensation, financial resources injured parties and their families may need now and in the future.
Considered one of the most experienced surgical error attorneys in all of Iowa, Marc A. Humphrey is known for taking on some of the most difficult and complicated medical negligence and surgical error cases in Iowa. To learn more about how we can help you, contact Iowa medical negligence lawyer Marc A. Humphrey for immediate assistance at 515-331-3510.