Buckfire & Buckfire P.C.’s Michigan surgery malpractice lawyers pursue malpractice lawsuits against hospitals and surgeons involving surgical objects left in patients after surgery. Medical errors like these can result in significant permanent injuries to the patient and cause the need for additional surgeries.
The complications from retaining a sponge after surgery can last a lifetime. Some victims lose parts of their intestines; some do not survive. According to USA TODAY review of government data, academic studies and legal records suggests that far more people may be victims of lost surgical objects than federal statistics suggest. And the medical community's inaction comes at a high price.
There are no federal reporting requirements when hospital leave surgical items in patients after surgery, therefore statistics are not completely accurate. However, research studies and government data suggest it happens between 4,500 and 6,000 times a year.
After thousands of medical mistakes, electronic device was attached to sponges for tracking purposes. However, hospitals have recoiled at using electronic technologies that sharply cut the risk of sponges being left in patients. Fewer than 15% of U.S. hospitals use sponges equipped with electronic tracking devices, based on a USA TODAY survey of the companies that make those products.
Sponge-tracking systems typically add $8 to $12 to the cost of an operation, a tiny fraction of the average procedure's price. However, with hospitals doing thousands, even tens of thousands of surgeries a year, the electronic device has not been easy to sell..
Hospitalizations involving a lost sponge or instrument average more than $60,000, according to data compiled by Medicare, which denies payment for costs stemming from such errors. Related malpractice suits cost hospitals, on average, between $100,000 and $200,000 per case, several research studies show.
For many hospitals, lost sponges and other surgical items are not considered a pressing concern. Other errors, such as lapses in infection control, are more common. And because symptoms often do not occur for months, even years, many of the cases are never tracked back to the institution where they originated. So the people who are responsible may not realize they have a problem.
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Statute of Limitations For Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases varies from state to state. In Michigan, you must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the malpractice. In cased involving retained sponges or surgical instruments, the period can be extended in some circumstances if the item is not discovered until after the two year deadline. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan malpractice lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately.
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Patients and their families injured by a surgery error, such as surgical objects left in patient after a procedure, you should contact the Michigan medical malpractice firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys about your case. . You can also fill in the Get Help Now Box on this page and press “Click To Send.” We will contact you shortly and begin working on your case immediately.