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Red Sox investigating possible surgical error in pitcher’s surgery

The Boston Red Sox recently announced that they are investigating their relief pitcher Bobby Jenks’s claims that a surgical error occurred during his spinal decompression surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in December. 18 days after the surgery, after experiencing leaking from his incision and serious headaches, the baseball player needed a second surgery.

According to Jenks, if he had waited to seek treatment of his post-surgical complications, he could have suffered life-threatening complications. When he went to doctors about his post-surgical complications, they found that only part of one of the 30-year-old pitcher’s bone spurs had been removed, leaving an open incision on the spine that caused spinal fluid to leak out. The leaking spinal fluid accumulated at the bottom of Jenks’s incision, which infected the incision.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, where the Red Sox usually has their players who need surgery go, Jenks and his surgeon agreed that only the top two bone spurs on his spine, out of a total four, should be removed. The bone spur that was partially removed was the third bone spur on Jenks’s spine and was not supposed to have been operated on. Jenks is currently unsure of whether or not he will be able to play this season.

Contact the Oklahoma medical negligence lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at 1-800-739-ABEL, if you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error or other type of medical malpractice.


Parents claiming medical negligence in daughter’s death

The death of a 17-year-old girl as a result of negligence during wisdom tooth surgery has raised several concerns about the surgery and it’s actual need in today’s society.

Deaths relating to wisdom teeth surgery has been on the rise and several dentists are claiming that the surgery is not as necessary as certain people make it seem and it can turn into a scam for easy money in some situations. The Maryland teenager who underwent surgery in March 2011 did not pass away during the surgery but rather 10 days later from complications linking back to the surgery.

She suffered from hypoxia during the surgery due to the negligence of her oral surgeon as well as her anesthesiologist not monitoring her oxygen levels closely enough. She began feeling sick and fell into a coma, ultimately dying in April. Her parents have filed a medical negligence lawsuit against both physicians involved in the procedure.

Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends during this tragic time.

Study finds payment amounts from surgical error claims rising

Recent research into medical malpractice claims made against surgeons and surgical residents shows that payment amounts from these claims are increasing.

A study presented at the American College of Surgeons 97th Annual Clinical Congress using data from the National Practitioner Data Bank says that while pay-outs are rising, actual surgical error claims have decreased.

In analyzing 58,518 claims covering 1990 to 2006, data showed that payments increased by $3,200 a year on average, while the amount of surgical error claims filed over these years decreased by 154 claims a year.

The most common type of injury suffered by claimants were minor permanent injuries, accounting for 19.7 percent of the surgical error claims.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical error or other type of medical malpractice, contact the Oklahoma medical negligence attorneys of the Abel Law Firm at 405-239-7046 to learn more about your rights as a patient.

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