When a person or a person's loved one requires a surgical procedure in Fulton County, the procedure itself and the issue it's designed to correct are usually the main focus. However, there are other factors that must be considered when a surgical procedure is planned and underway. The number of people who are negatively affected by medical professional negligence is high and can lead to injury, death and significantly higher medical expenses. These mistakes happen frequently and wind up costing massive amounts in insurance and liability payments as well as harming patients.
Some of the mistakes that are made include wrong-site surgery and the surgical error of leaving a piece of equipment inside a patient after the surgery has been completed. In the years 1990 to 2010, there were almost 10,000 of these incidents and others. The amount that it cost to compensate people who were injured by these errors totaled $1.3 billion. The numbers are believed to be higher because 90 percent of those who were subject to these mistakes didn't receive indemnity payments. The number of mistakes each week is believed to come close to 80.