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Medical Errors: Examples of Medical Malpractice

A 2010 publication from the Institute of Medicine reported that at 98,000 fatalities per year, preventable medical errors are the sixth biggest killer in America. Not only are those shocking statistics disturbing, even more troublesome are the number of medical malpractice cases that go unclaimed and uncompensated. Here are three examples of notable medical malpractice cases in the United States.

Medical Malpractice: Gross Negligence

According to the case, a man named Michael Hicks had to undergo a procedure four times longer than it was supposed to be because of an impaired surgeon. Mr. Hicks was to have a second liposuction treatment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The surgeon, Dr. Loren Borud fell asleep at the operating table, resulting in the procedure lasting six hours rather than the expected ninety minutes. Nurses and other hospital staff noticed Dr. Borud’s impairment but purportedly failed to report him or do anything to help the patient. This case is still pending, though Dr. Borud was fired right away.

Medical Malpractice: Surgical Errors

A medical team at University Community Hospital in Tampa, Florida checked Willi King in for the surgical amputation of his leg as a result of complications from diabetes. However, it was the incorrect leg that actually got amputated. Inquiry into the surgical error revealed that the incorrect leg was listed in a number of places, from the blackboard to the hospital’s computer system, and even the operating room schedule. Because Mr. King’s diseased leg did actually need to be amputated, surgeons had to remove the other leg, leaving Mr. King with no legs.

Medical Errors: Emergency Room Negligence

King’s County Hospital Center has a high rate of medical malpractice claims. In fact, it is the most sued hospital in New York City. One case occurred in 2008 when a lady named Esmin Green was found dead on the floor of the waiting room in the G building of the hospital. Security cameras captured shots of doctors and nurses walking by the woman without attempting to help her. It was reported that Hospital staff even went so far as to falsify records to try to cover their mistake. Many people lost their jobs and the city paid the woman’s family $2 million dollars.

Maryland Medical Malpractice and Medical Errors

While these seem like extreme medical malpractice cases and extreme medical errors, they underscore the severity and seriousness often involved in such matters.

Also shocking, and equally real, is that according to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine in 2006 the “great majority of patients who sustain a medical injury as a result of negligence do not sue.”

Should you need a medical malpractice attorney in Maryland, don’t hesitate to begin your research on who might be able to best represent you in such a complex legal affair.