We put an enormous amount of trust in surgeons and their staff when we go under the knife. When these individuals make one wrong move, the consequences are catastrophic and life-changing. Wrong-site surgeries are a perfect example of how surgical errors can become a nightmare for patients and their families.
What do these mistakes look like for patients? In Pennsylvania, a man undergoing an orchiectomy had the wrong testicle removed. Instead of removing the damaged testicle that was causing the man severe pain, surgeons removed a healthy testicle. He was unable to have the damaged testicle removed because it would have led to sexual dysfunction and numerous other health problems. As a result of the error, he continues to live in constant pain. Fortunately, he received an $870,000 jury verdict after filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
There are other cases of wrong-site surgery errors where surgeons removed the wrong limbs or operate on the wrong side of the brain. According to Johns Hopkins University, 20 wrong-site surgery errors occur in operating rooms across the country every day.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for a Wrong-Site Surgery?
Wrong-site surgery errors are a type of “never event”. Never events are a type of medical mistake that is preventable. When a patient is harmed by a never event, it is an indicator that they did not receive the accepted standard of care. Patients harmed by wrong-site surgeries or their family members should contact a medical malpractice attorney to investigate the causes of the error.
The Atlantic City medical malpractice lawyers at Donald G. Targan & Associates have an extensive history of helping hospital patients harmed by surgical errors and other medical mistakes.