People going into surgery often have many fears, ranging from anesthesia concerns to concerns about complications that could arise during the procedure. One concern that is becoming increasingly common is a fear that the surgeon will operate on the wrong body part, the wrong side of the body or on the wrong patient altogether. Sadly, these fears are not unfounded as wrong-site surgery continues to be an issue in hospitals across the United States.
A rare problem may lead to a lack of focus
Part of the problem surrounding the issue of wrong-site surgery is the fact that wrong-site surgeries are thought to be relatively rare, so many physicians think it will never happen to them. They do not focus on ways to ensure a wrong-site surgery does not occur. One 2006 study reported that one out of every 112,994 operations was a wrong-site surgery. A separate 2006 study reported that approximately 25 to 52 wrong-site surgeries took place each week in the U.S. So, while wrong-site surgeries may seem to be unlikely events at first glance, if you think about it these mistakes add up. Surgeons need to take precautions to prevent wrong-site surgeries.
What can you do if you are the victim of a wrong-site surgery?
If you are the victim of a wrong-site surgery, you will want to explore all your options for compensation. Depending on the circumstances you may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon and hospital responsible for the mistake. Medical professionals are responsible for providing the correct treatment for a patient’s malady. If the medical professional commits an act of negligence by failing to provide the proper medical care, which causes the patient to suffer damages, the patient may be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medical professionals should be held responsible for mistakes
Going into surgery can be scary, especially if the procedure is a complex one or is one necessary to treat a serious or life-threatening problem. We rely on our surgeons to make us well, but sometimes preventable mistakes are made during the surgical process. If you are the victim of a wrong-site surgery, you will want to explore all your legal rights and options for pursuing compensation.