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Hospital errors including brain injuries lead to fines of $625K

Franklin, Ohio, residents might be interested in this report about hospital errors leading to major fines in California. Some of the fines were reportedly penalties for a brain injury, wrong-site surgery, and other unnecessary operations.

According to the report, some of the fines were charged due to an unapproved fecal transplant research experiment in an end-stage brain cancer patient. Another fine was given when a man had an operation performed on the wrong testicle. The director of the State Department of Public Health's Center for Healthcare Quality stated that the fines are assessed to help improve the quality of healthcare throughout California hospitals.

According to the report, this department issues fines to hospitals approximately four times per year. Each incident may receive a fine of $50,000, $75,000, or $100,000. Some errors that led to fines included the implantation of fecal bacteria into three patients with end-stage brain tumors without their permission. According to the information provided, the material had never been tested in humans and had not received the required approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On top of this, the experiment had not been cleared with an Institutional Review Board. The material was not labeled when taken from the investigational pharmacy to the operating room, according to documents.

With so many errors being caught each year, a serious brain injury or medical malpractice suit doesn't seem to be far off for some hospitals. If you or someone you love have been in a similar situation, or if you think you've been the victim of a medical error, seek legal advice. You may be able to claim compensation for your pain and suffering, time lost from work, and for other bills you may have acquired due to your injury.

Health Leaders Media, "Medical Errors at 10 CA Hospitals Draw Fines of $625K" Cheryl Clark, Aug. 21, 2013

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