Wrong Site Surgery
Hospital errors occur more frequently than most people believe. Unfortunately, between five and ten wrong-site surgeries occur each day in American hospitals. These startling accidents may involve the wrong patient, surgical site, or operation.
If you have been the victim of a negligent medical staff, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, as well as lost wages. To discuss your grounds for filing a legal claim, contact the Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys of the Abel Law Firm today. Call (405) 239-7046 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Wrong-site surgeries are a preventable occurrence. In order to reduce the number of wrong-site surgeries, and the subsequent number of injuries to patients, all medical staff should consider the following precautions:
- Pre-operative verification: Prior to the surgery, the surgeon should discuss the intended procedure with the patient and his or her family in order to verify the patient’s identity and the purpose of the surgery.
- Clear marking of operation site: Clear and easy to understand marking can greatly reduce wrong-site surgeries
- Pre-operation meeting: All involved staff should meet before the surgery so they can review the operation procedures prior to performing the surgery. This overview should involve an equipment and medical supplies checklist.
If these precautions were heeded by medical staff across the nation, wrong-site surgeries could be a nonexistent form of medical malpractice.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a negligent doctor or nurse, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical malpractice. Contact the Oklahoma medical malpractice attorneys at the Abel Law Firm to discuss your legal options. Call (405) 239-7046 today for a free case evaluation.