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Negligence Risk in Weight Loss Surgeries

By Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP. posted in Medical Malpractice on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

According to hospital records, 65,000 to 200,000 people die each year due to medical accidents in the United States. 25,000 to 120,000 is the minimum number of deaths caused by medical negligence. 0.8% to 1% of hospital patients become victims of medical malpractice each year.

According to hospital records, 65,000 to 200,000 people die each year due to medical accidents in the United States. 25,000 to 120,000 is the minimum number of deaths caused by medical negligence. 0.8% to 1% of hospital patients become victims of medical malpractice each year.

Of these, 2.9% of malpractice victims file claims. According to the American Medical Association, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind heart disease, and cancer.

The number of medical errors in the nation is increasing, during surgical procedures in particular. These errors can include leaving surgical instruments inside the patient, operating on the wrong body part, anesthesia or medication errors, using unsanitary equipment, nerve damage or damage to internal organs. The risk of surgical error is not good news for severely overweight people, for whom the best option is weight loss surgery.

Thousands of bariatric surgeries are performed every year in the United States. In the best cases, these are complex procedures and often, they are more difficult due to existing health problems that obese patients suffer.

There are many complications that can arise when weight loss surgeries are performed and patients are even more at risk if the surgical teams make a mistake. Weight loss surgery comes with the risk of complications such as organ damage and internal bleeding, which in some cases may be fatal.

Children at Risk for Medical Errors during Weight Loss Surgery

The rate of childhood obesity has risen significantly in recent years and with this increase, the number of children and adolescents who require weight loss surgery, or bariatric surgery, is also on the rise. Suffering from a medical error can be traumatic and have devastating consequences for any patient.

However, for children in particular, it can be especially difficult as they may have difficulty expressing their pain and discomfort, as well as concerns, and also advocating on their own behalf. Patients who suffer injury as a result of medical negligence during a weight loss surgery often require additional treatment or procedures. In some cases, patients may suffer from a lifelong disability that requires treatment throughout their lives. Such injuries can also be fatal.

Although healthcare facilities in the United States are striving to improve safety standards for patients, a lot of work still needs to be done to prevent medical errors in hospitals and other medical facilities. In addition to the damage that patients suffer, medical errors cost billions of dollars every year. Victims of medical errors should consult an experienced attorney immediately so that they can review their legal options.

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If you or a loved one has suffered injury as a result of medical errors during weight loss surgery, you should immediately seek the help of a medical malpractice attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280.

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