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While studies show that the most serious forms of surgical mistakes, including wrong site, wrong procedure, and wrong-patient surgeries occur in only about 1 in every 112,000 cases, the statistics offer little consolation to patients who experience the harm and trauma of this most egregious form of medical malpractice.
When a patient undergoes anesthesia and puts themselves completely in the hands of medical staff they expect to be treated with the highest standard of care. Waking up to learn that they’ve suffered the harm of wrong-site surgery is devasting and can have lasting impacts on their quality of life.
If you’ve undergone a medical procedure with disastrous consequences, you may be wondering: What are wrong-site surgeries, wrong-patient surgeries, and wrong procedures, and how do you recover from the damages?
It seems unimaginable, but sadly, around 1 in every 112,000 surgeries is performed on the wrong body site. For orthopedic surgeries, the instances may be much higher at an estimated 4.5 out of every 10,000 cases. These instances are more frequent in surgical centers and non-hospital facilities such as orthopedic centers operating at high volumes.
Wrong-site surgery is any operative procedure accidentally performed on the wrong body site through an act of medical negligence. Some examples of wrong-site surgeries include:
Wrong-site surgeries can be devastating. Typically, the patient has to undergo a second surgery for the originally intended procedure. Wrong-site surgery also means additional wounds, increased possibility of infection, scarring, and in some cases, permanent disability and diminished life quality.
The medical community considers wrong-site surgeries “Never Events” meaning they should never occur due to the rigid safety protocols in place to prevent this type of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, these traumatic events do occur and cause lasting damages to victims.
A John Hopkins study estimates that surgeons perform the wrong procedures on patients an average of 20 times per week in the United States. Wrong procedures sometimes happen due to a medical facility’s lack of a formal system to prevent errors or a failure to enact proper safeguarding procedures that are already in place. For instance, two patients scheduled for surgery the same morning may accidentally have their surgical orders switched and the protocols to catch an error of this magnitude fail. Some examples of wrong procedures include:
In the worse cases, by the time the mix-up is discovered, the patient has sustained irreparable damage.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines Wrong-patient surgery as any invasive procedure performed on a patient that is not consistent with their informed documented consent form. Shockingly, this grave medical error occasionally occurs, despite multiple layers of safeguard protocols intended to prevent it. Some well-documented, real-life examples include:
For victims of these most catastrophic forms of medical malpractice, the physical and economic damages are severe and so is the emotional trauma. A Phoenix wrong-site surgical errors attorney can help patients who’ve been harmed in this way get the maximum compensation for their damages, including medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of quality of life damages that they deserve.
The personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona, at Knapp & Roberts have the compassion and trial lawyer skills to tell your story to a jury. We will get to know you and your family so that we can help the jury understand what has happened to you and your family and how it has changed your lives. Obtain the compensation necessary for the injuries and losses you have suffered.
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