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Medical Mistakes and Surgical Complications - More Money for the Hospital?

Hospitals aren’t the safe havens we’re led to believe. In fact, hospital errors and mishaps are a common occurrence. Recently, a patient at Coney Island Hospital died after the hospital staff administered the wrong type of blood during her blood transfusion. Unfortunately, the dangerous trend of hospital errors isn’t likely to end soon.

Hospitals profit on errors

According to a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association, hospitals actually make more money in the end when patients suffer from surgical complications. In fact, hospitals can more than double their average profit per patient when treating surgical complications. According to the study, an unnamed non-profit hospital chain received an average of $18,900 per patient when the surgery was complication-free. The hospital made a whopping $49,400 per patient when the surgery involved complications.

Common surgical errors

A surgical complication can be the result of a number of different hospital errors. Common surgical errors include:

  • Retained surgical items
  • Technological or equipment error
  • Wrong patient or area surgery
  • Anesthesia dosing error

Legal remedies

After a hospital error, you may have a strong case for medical malpractice. This can result in a wide range of monetary compensation, including damages such as the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

If you or a loved one is the victim of a hospital error, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to help protect your legal rights. Crane Flores, LLP has helped injured parties successfully receive the compensation they deserve for more than 40 years.

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