Norfolk, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney Report – Shocking Medical Mistakes are Highlighted in CNN Show
Doctors with dirty hands, sponges left in patients, operations on the wrong body part or even patients waking up during surgery, are among the medical errors highlighted in the new CNN series 25 Shocking Medical Mistakes.
As an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Norfolk, VA I am always shocked at some of the basic errors that are made by experienced and highly trained surgeons, doctors and other medical personnel. This is reinforced by the new series.
The Empowered Patient : 25 Shocking Medical Mistakes is hosted by CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen.
“Mistakes are happening every day in every hospital in the country that we’re just not catching,” Dr. Albert Wu, an internist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, told the program.
Medical errors are responsible for the deaths of a quarter million people every year in the United States while millions more are injured, CNN reports.
Cumulatively “you have probably the third leading cause of death” in the country, said Dr. Peter Pronovost, an anesthesiologist and critical care physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
Mistakes highlighted in the series include treating the wrong patients. Although patients are identified with wrist bands, sometimes hospital staff get a patient’s identity wrong on admission or patients with similar names are confused.
It’s also more common for pieces of surgical equipment, towels or sponges to be left inside a patient, than we may imagine. In January, 2012 I wrote about a patient who was awarded $275,000 after large surgical towels were left inside him during an operation.
Overmedication and under medication are common mistakes made by hospitals. In a recent lawsuit against a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Virginia, a failure by a doctor to give a veteran his required amount of medication was linked to a stroke. The case was settled for $275,000.
Waking up in the middle of an operation may appear to be the kind of nightmare associated with a horror movie but it’s not unknown. In 2007 Erin Cook regained consciousness during an operation to remove one of her ovaries.
See our frequently asked questions about medical malpractice.
The Norfolk and Virginia Beach based personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles automobile, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as wrongful death, railroad injury cases and medical malpractice. John Cooper and Jim Hurley have over 40 years of combined experience in handling auto injury accident claims. Attorney John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout VA, and always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 455 -0077 or contact us through this website.