Wrong-Site Surgery (And Other Surgical Mistakes)
Surgery is a fickle business, by nature, and can be affected by a slew of various factors, from unplanned allergic reactions to freak infections. However, one area where, as patients, we tend to assume problems will not be occurring is with our medical staff. The very nature of surgery means that any patient should be able to trust that their surgeon and medical team will do their jobs competently and ethically. It’s the basis of the patient-doctor relationship, and therefore absolutely vital that we can entrust our lives in the hands of our doctors. If you’ve been the victim of a wrong-site surgery or other surgery medical malpractice, you need to contact an attorney to hold the medical staff accountable and recover the compensation you need to correct the errors and attempt to move on with your life.
Nonetheless, just under a hundred thousand people lose their lives every year as a result of medical negligence (according to the American Medical Association), and this number includes surgical mistakes such as wrong-site surgeries. From doctors performing the wrong procedure to opening up or removing the wrong body part, to even operating on a patient who does not need it, medical malpractice, especially in surgery, is much more widespread than we would like to think.
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a surgical mistake, it is imperative you reach out to legal professionals to see if you have any options for holding the surgeon or medical personnel responsible.
No Surgeon Can Guarantee Perfection Every Time
Due to the absurdity and recklessness needed in order for something like a wrong-site surgery to occur, frequently you’ll find an error like wrong-site surgery to be referred to as a “never event,” in that it should never occur. However, just because it should never occur does not mean it doesn’t; in fact, it is a bigger problem than most may suspect.
Dr. Martin Makary, a surgery and public health professor at Johns Hopkins, famously noted in a 2010 report by CNN that “each hospital, whether they publicly admit it or not, and whether or not it’s discoverable in a lawsuit, has an episode of wrong-site or wrong-patient surgery either every year or once every few years. Almost every surgeon has seen one.” This seems surprising, until one considers this evidence of surgical errors, spanning the entire nation and being pulled from instances out of the statute of limitations: