Wrong Site Surgical Errors

Wrong-site surgeries are tragic, preventable events. This type of error can have catastrophic consequences for patients and their families.

The term “wrong-site surgery” can be used to describe several different types of errors: 

  • Wrong side surgery (e.g., left limb instead of right) 
  • Wrong site surgery (e.g., wrong location on spine)
  • Wrong procedure 
  • Wrong patient 
Thankfully, these incidents are very rare. However, because they happen so infrequently, it’s easy for doctors and staff to think that they could never happen to them. This type of thinking can become dangerous if it prevents doctors from taking proper precautions and learning from others’ mistakes. 

How Do Wrong Site Surgeries Happen? 

It might seem difficult to believe that a surgeon could amputate the wrong limb or operate on the wrong patient altogether. How does this happen, exactly?

Some possible factors include: 

  • Doctor fatigue 
  • Staffing issues
  • Distractions
  • Failure to have proper procedures in place 
  • Staff communication breakdowns 

Often, a wrong-site surgery is the result of several errors. There are usually problems with systems and processes, not just an individual surgeon. 

Wrong-Site Surgeries and Malpractice 

To be clear, these types of “never” events are generally compensable malpractice claims. 

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a wrong-site surgery, it’s imperative that you involve a highly skilled medical malpractice attorney. Our team offers free, no obligation consultations. All discussions are confidential. Give us a call today. 

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Angela Russell
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