Unnecessary surgery has been defined as any unnecessary surgical intervention, not indicated or not in the patient's best interest when weighed against other available options. Researchers found that unnecessary surgeries account for 10-20 percent of all operations in some specialties. The report revealed that some patients that undergo unnecessary surgeries are victims of predators that aim to defraud insurance companies for procedures that are not medically justified. They are at risk when putting a person in the position to receive an unnecessary procedure. Many things can go wrong during the surgery, and care needs to be done after a procedure that a patient might not be willing or able to do. This coil leads to serious medical consequences and possibly death.
Unnecessary surgery could result from a surgeon's operation on the wrong person. It happens more commonly than people think. Sometimes labs mix up paperwork, or they mix up DNA samples. Labs have so much work to do that sometimes it's challenging to keep up, and the patients suffer. It can also happen when doctors don't get enough rest and mix up surgical patients.
Another form of malpractice is incorrect surgery. As in past years, one of the top 10 sentinel events reported in 2020 was wrong-site surgery. According to The Joint Commission's statistics, 68 wrong-site surgeries were reported in 2020. However, the accrediting agency believes that its statistics account for less than 2% of all sentinel events that occur in healthcare, meaning that at least 3,400 wrong-site surgeries are likely to occur in the United States in 2020. Incorrect surgery happens when surgeons fail to follow the proper safety protocols or who fail to perform the required surgical safety checklists. In the end, it can be found liable for medical malpractice.
When this happens, the afflicted party can be compensated for their situation, and the hospital and doctors could be held liable. Come to Castel & Hall, where we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.