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A Serious Problem: Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Console & Hollawell React to Alarming Doctor Error Statistics from Johns Hopkins University Researchers
Date:12/26/2012

Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) December 26, 2012

Every patient hears the same old adage: there’s no such thing as a routine surgery. While any procedure carries its own inherent risks, researchers from Johns Hopkins University are finding an alarming number of medical ‘never ever’ events after a thorough analysis of medical malpractice claims across the country. In a new report released last week, investigators estimate surgeons leave a foreign body, including a towel or sponge, inside a patient 39 times per week, performs the wrong procedure 20 times a week, and operates on the wrong part of the body 20 times a week. Floored by such alarming statistics, Philadelphia malpractice attorney Richard P. Console Jr. wants all patients to hold doctors accountable when they make such negligent errors.

“A medical ‘never ever’ event is a harm visited on a patient that’s completely preventable,” he said. “Doctors committing these acts resulting in patients sustaining additional injuries, many of them serious, usually constitute medical malpractice in some form. The instances of such events that Johns Hopkins researchers found is eye opening to say the least. Every patient should be mindful of it going into surgery.”

Research went on to state that ‘never ever’ events occurred about 80,000 times in hospitals in the United States from 1990 through 2010. Investigators believe, sadly, that the total estimated number of these events is most likely on the low end of the spectrum from what’s actually occurring. To compile data, researchers utilized the National Practitioner Data Bank, a national database of medical malpractice claims. They targeted ‘never ever’ events specifically because they are not the type of medical errors that generate frivolous lawsuits or settlements to
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