Medical malpractice is one of top five leading causes of death in adults in the United States, and many of those deaths happen on the operating table or shortly after leaving the operating room. One of the most disturbing aspects of surgical medical malpractice is that the mistakes are often highly preventable.
Wrong site or wrong side surgery is a rare form of surgical medical malpractice, but it does happen. While the Arkansas medical malpractice lawyers at the Duncan Firm in Little Rock have the utmost respect for those who devote their lives to saving others, when medical mistakes are made, the responsible parties must be held accountable.
While you focus on healing or deal with the loss of a loved one following a wrong site/wrong side surgical mistake, we will work diligently on preparing your case and fighting to get you the compensation you deserve. Please call 877-638-6226 to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Wrong Site/Wrong Side Surgical Errors
An estimated 98,000 hospital patients are killed every year, according to the Institute of Medicine, as a direct result of medical malpractice. Even though the medical profession is highly esteemed for its quality of performance, this modest estimation raises serious concerns about the safety standards and quality of care in today's medical profession.
The following is a list of frequent surgical errors that can lead to more serious health complications for you or the death of a loved one:
- Use of unsanitary surgical utensils
- Leaving a sponge or some other surgical tool in the patient’s body
- Incorrect incision
- Organ puncture or perforation
- Surgery on wrong organ, wrong side or wrong location
- Delayed surgery
- Prolonged surgery
In our more than thirty years of practice, Duncan Firm’s skilled medical malpractice lawyers have represented numerous Arkansas residents who have been injured or have died due to wrong site surgical errors. Some examples of wrong site/wrong side surgery include:
- Removing the wrong breast in a mastectomy
- Removing the wrong limb
- Removing the wrong lung
- Cutting into the wrong side of the body to remove a tumor
- Removing the wrong side/section of the brain
There are reasonable steps surgeons and operating room staff can take to ensure these highly preventable types of surgical error do not happen. There are many policies and procedures the hospital and its staff are to uphold. Sometimes these policies are not enforced or obeyed.
Communication with operating room staff and the patient is imperative prior to the surgery to ensure the surgeon and team know exactly where to operate. When that doesn’t happen, and surgical mistakes occur, you need to contact the Duncan Firm immediately to help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you live in or around Little Rock, Arkansas and have suffered due to surgical medical malpractice, please contact the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at the Duncan Firm today using our online form or by calling 877-638-6226 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation confidential consultation today.