Hospitals are busy places with healthcare workers juggling multiple patients at one time who face unique health issues.

Technology assists surgeons in lowering the chances of error during an operation, but any patient undergoing a procedure, whether it’s done frequently or not, faces health risks that can become life threatening.

One example of this was the case of a three-year-old in Hawaii who suffered massive brain damage and was left in a “persistent vegetative state” after a root canal surgery. On January 3, the toddler died at Hospice Hawaii. Her parents were told by the dentist she needed six fillings and four root canals, which another dentist has since deemed unnecessary. Since the toddler’s death, the parents have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the dentist who performed the procedure, which also includes a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges the dentist made mistakes in the toddler’s diagnosis, medication dosage, monitoring of the toddler’s respirations and oxygen levels, and during the resuscitation.

In Florida, a man received an anonymous tip that his stepfather’s complications after an open-heart surgery was allegedly caused by the cardiologist leaving the stepfather’s chest cavity open on the table when he left for a luncheon. There were complications when the assistant closed up the patient’s chest and it’s alleged that the assistant may not have been sufficiently qualified. The patient’s heart stopped and while the surgeon drove back, his heart had stopped and the stepfather was left in a vegetative state. While the hospital or the California Department of Health wouldn’t confirm the case, the dates and details of an investigation that began after an anonymous phone tip matches the patient, the family’s lawyer told ABC News. Since the incident, the family has filed medical malpractice claim against the cardiologist, the hospital and the medical group the cardiologist belongs to. After the incident, the hospital implemented more stringent OR procedures.

In Brampton, Ont., the William Osler Health Centre settled a medical malpractice for $21 million if the family’s daughter lives to the age of 85. Their five-month-old daughter suffered severe brain damage after a misdiagnosis. The Mississauga family brought the daughter to the hospital after she had a high fever, a rapid heartbeat and she was sweating, according to the Toronto Star. When she arrived, doctors diagnosed her with bronchitis, but the medication wasn’t working and she was later diagnosed with pneumonia. But her health deteriorated during the confusion in the next few hours, her heart stopped a least four times. She survived the incident, but while she’s 13 now, her mental capability has developed at a slower pace and remains at that of a six-year-old. She will need care for the rest of her life, and she has a high chance of suffering a seizure.

There can be errors made in healthcare facilities and the aftermath can affect a person’s quality of living for a long time. While Canada hopes to pull dangerous drugs from shelves faster with its new bill, other common mistakes made in hospitals include a missed diagnosis for critical illnesses, such as cancer, says a study by the Ireland Medical School.

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Greg Neinstein

Greg Neinstein, B.A. LLB., is the Managing Partner at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers LLP. His practice focuses on serious injury and complex insurance claims, including motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, long-term disability claims and insurance claims. Greg has extensive mediation and trial experience and has a reputation among his colleagues as a skillful negotiator.
Greg Neinstein