When you have surgery, you must put your life into someone else’s hands. Some medical mistakes can result in permanent, lifelong injury or disability, and some result in death. The Arkansas medical malpractice lawyers at Duncan Firm in Little Rock have the utmost respect for those who dedicate their lives to saving others, but when mistakes are made, the responsible parties must be held accountable.
One rare, but egregious, surgical mistake is operating on the wrong side of the body or the wrong site or location. Wrong site surgery is perhaps one of the most preventable of all medical mistakes. If the proper care is taken, this medical mistake should never occur. Oftentimes, surgeons are exhausted, hurried, or just downright negligent or incompetent, all of which can contribute to catastrophic personal injury or death. Recent industry statistics show that wrong site surgery events account for 13% of reported medical mistakes.
Some common wrong site surgeries include removing the wrong breast for a mastectomy, amputating the wrong limb, or removing the wrong lung due to lung cancer. Can you imagine waking up and being told that the surgeon removed the wrong part of your body? This is just inconceivable, but it does happen.
Should the unthinkable happen to you or a loved one, it is important to act quickly in contacting our experienced medical malpractice lawyers. We can begin the complicated, lengthy process of gathering evidence and planning your case. Since there are statutes of limitation in place for all personal injury cases, it is important not to miss any filing deadlines. If you live in Little Rock or a surrounding area and have been harmed due to surgical negligence or malpractice, please contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Duncan Firm today to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation consultation.