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What is wrong-site surgery?

| Nov 19, 2016 | Medical Malpractice

From prescription mistakes to hospital negligence, there are many types of medical malpractice. However, it is important to understand the dangers of surgical errors if you are preparing for surgery or believe that you were harmed during a recent surgery that was performed on your body. In New London, Connecticut, and elsewhere in the country, wrong-site surgery is a serious problem that has turned far too many lives upside down.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, wrong-site surgery occurs when a surgeon performs an operation on a mistaken part of the patient’s body. For example, a surgeon may operate on the wrong part of a patient’s spine or on the incorrect side of his or her body. Aside from wrong-site surgery, other mistakes involve performing an operation on a patient who has been mistaken or performing an erroneous procedure on a patient.

Although wrong-site surgery is considered to be a never event, it continues to upend the lives of patients and their families. If you or one of your family members experiences a surgical error, your entire family may struggle with a number of challenges, including financial problems, emotional issues, physical pain and the loss of life.

When surgical errors occur, medical professionals who are responsible for the mistakes cannot get off scot-free. These incidents often result in a tremendous amount of suffering and it is crucial for medical malpractice victims to take advantage of resources that are available as they try to recover from operations that turned their lives upside down.


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