At the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC, we know that there are some mistakes that Ohio surgeons should never make, known as “never events.” Examples of a never event would be operating on the wrong patient, leaving a foreign object inside of a patient, or amputating the wrong body part. This type of incident would clearly be an Ohio medical malpractice case for which you would need an Ohio medical malpractice attorney. Unfortunately, new research from Johns Hopkins University states that these types of terrible mistakes are made more than 4,000 times per year across the country.
Of these surgeries involving never events on patients between 1990 and 2010, 6% died, 32.9% had a permanent injury, and 59.2% suffered temporary injury. Worse yet, the individual in charge of the study at Johns Hopkins stated that these estimates are probably low.
The study also stated that the money recovery for the victims are relatively low when all things are considered. In other words, there is no “medical malpractice lottery.” The average payment for a never event was $133,055, with an average payment for a foreign object being left in the body as $33,953. When you consider all of the expenses associated in pursuing a medical malpractice case (attorney fees, expert fees, cases expenses), the money going into the plaintiff’s pockets is far from excessive.
If you believe that you have been a victim of medical malpractice, whether a “never event” or otherwise, contact the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC today to speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney today.