Do Surgeons Remove the Wrong Body Parts?

Posted on September 4, 2017 at 12:00pm by
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Surgical error victim?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 Targan & Pender, P.C. have an extensive history of helping hospital patients harmed by surgical errors and other medical mistakes.



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