Although hospitals have procedures in place to avoid wrong site surgery, this kind of surgical error still occurs. If you or a loved one has been a victim of wrong-site surgery, you should speak with a Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney. You might be entitled to file a medical malpractice claim to seek compensation for your injuries and any medical expenses related to your recovery.
Your medical malpractice claim could be against your surgeon, the hospital or clinic where your surgery was performed, as well as the nursing staff, depending on the specific circumstances involved. Your Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney can investigate your wrong-site surgery case to determine who should be held accountable.
Reasons Wrong Site Surgery Happens
Wrong site surgery could involve surgery on the wrong patient or on the wrong body part. Perhaps your right knee was arthritic but your doctor operated on your left knee. In extreme cases, the wrong limb could have been amputated or a healthy organ could have been removed.
Such surgical errors are always a result of negligence or medical malpractice, which is why it would be in your best interest to hire a Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney.
Wrong site surgery is frequently caused by any of the following:
- hasty or poor pre-surgical planning;
- poor communication;
- multiple surgeons in the operating room;
- surgeons under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and
- failure to follow safety procedures.
Before a surgical procedure can be performed, hospitals require doctors and nurses to follow protocol that includes marking the surgical site and taking a time out to make that the correct procedure is about to be performed on the correct patient.
Effects of Wrong Site Surgery
Wrong site surgery can affect a patient physically, financially and emotionally. It can also lead to death. If the patient survives, additional surgery will be required to correct the original problem. This can lead to additional time in the hospital, additional time recovering and additional pain and suffering. All of this will be taken into consideration when your Clarksburg medical malpractice attorney prepares your claim.
After you spent weeks preparing for surgery, which included scheduling time off from work and delaying other plans, wrong site surgery can force you to take even more time off from work and practically put your life on hold.
As you undergo an operation for the corrective surgery, you'll once again be at risk for the infections and complications associated with all surgical procedures.
Whether or not your surgical team's negligent actions were intentional doesn't matter. You might be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost earnings or, if you lost a loved one to a surgical error, wrongful death.
Contacting a Clarksburg Medical Malpractice Attorney
Wrong site surgery can lead to serious injuries, prolonged medical care and death. If you or a loved one has been a victim of wrong site surgery, call the Clarksburg medical malpractice attorneys at The Miley Legal Group for a FREE consultation - 304-326-1800.