Oklahoma Surgical Error Lawyers: Operating on the Incorrect Part of the Body
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a wrong-site surgical error, then you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Sometimes, there is a mix-up, and surgeons operate on the wrong patient for the wrong issue. Other time, operations are performed on the incorrect side, the incorrect body part, or at the wrong surgical site. When a surgeon operates on a wrong part of the body, the results can be catastrophic for the patient. It can also be deadly. Every year, patients become victims of communication failures and procedure breakdowns.
Surgeons and hospitals should be held accountable for such inexcusable mistakes. Whether proper protocols and checklists were not appropriately followed, medical records were not carefully read, incorrect information was provided by surgical assistants or nurses, or another negligent act occurred, there is no justification for operating on the wrong body part.
At Abel Law Firm, we aggressively pursue doctors, hospitals, and other facilities that fail to comply with the highest standards of care. We recognize that the physical and emotional consequences for victims can never be undone. But we work hard to ensure that our clients get justice and financial compensation for such abhorrent medical negligence. Abel Law Firm fights for our clients. Call us at (405) 239-7046 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Why Do I Need an Oklahoma Surgical Error Lawyer?
Medical malpractice cases can be expensive for insurance companies, because victims are often owed millions of dollars in compensation. Because of this, insurance companies will not back down unless they know that the person suing them is represented by a tough lawyer who won’t back down either.
The stress that you and your family have endured as a result of an operation on the wrong body part is unimaginable. Why not alleviate some of it by hiring someone who is an advocate, an ally, and a professional? You are much more likely to get the compensation you deserve if a surgical error lawyer takes on your case. This is because your lawyer is much better equipped to interpret your medical records, gather evidence, and negotiate with insurance and other attorneys.
Medical bills can be overwhelming, and they often seem to arrive nonstop after medical procedures. They come when you are most vulnerable and stressed. You should not have to pay for others’ mistakes. Lost wages, occupational and physical therapy, and psychological harm all contribute to financial hardship. A good lawyer should be there to advocate on your behalf.
Why Should I Hire Abel Law Firm to Handle My Surgical Error Case?
Abel Law Firm was established in 1976. Our lawyers know what they’re doing. We have fought hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies to achieve justice for our clients. When it comes to experience, we have it in droves. Our firm has gotten huge verdicts in medical malpractice cases.
Surgical error cases, such as operating on the wrong body part, require diligence and, when necessary, unapologetic toughness. Our lawyers don’t fear the ruthless tactics that insurance companies will use to deny compensation to deserving people. In fact, we expect it. We stand ready to go after them.
Our lawyers at Abel Law Firm have won numerous awards, including a 10 Avvo rating and being named Super Lawyers. We are not happy unless our clients get what they deserve. We are confident in our legal skills, and we are compassionate and caring with our clients.
We want to listen to your story, and we want to work with you to develop a plan of action. If we decide that taking your case is the best move, then we will do everything we can to help you win your case.
Operating on the Incorrect Body Part Cases We Handle
At Abel Law Firm, we handle a plethora of medical malpractice cases. There are a few main ways that doctors may end up operating on the incorrect body part. These include:
- Communication breakdown — The people responsible for patient care failed to communicate or document the patient’s needs appropriately.
- Confusing one patient for another — Though this seems unbelievable, hospital personnel do mix up patients. Surgeons, thinking that they are operating on one person, sometimes operate on another.
- Failure to follow a surgical safety checklist — Medical personnel should follow a safety checklist to ensure that wrong-site surgical errors don’t occur. Some of the checklist questions are: Is the surgical site (correct body part) adequately marked so that the left and right aren’t mixed up or the wrong area operated on? Was there verbal confirmation of the correct body part? Was the patient’s wristband checked to confirm identity? Every hospital, surgical center, and doctor’s office should follow a checklist to make sure that medical errors do not occur.
It cannot be stressed enough that, although hospitals, doctors, and medical facilities usually try hard to keep patients safe, serious and life-threatening errors do occur. And when the wrong body part is operated on, not only are patients at risk for infection, death, and countless complications, but they have also endured an unnecessary trauma during a time in which they were already in need of proper medical help.
Through a medical malpractice claim, you may be able to recover financial compensation for a variety of losses, including:
- Medical expenses to repair damage and correct the original issue
- Lost wages from missing work for recovery
- Rehabilitative costs
- Therapy costs
- Pain and suffering
Tragically, some patients die as a result of surgery performed on the wrong part of the body. If you lost a loved one to a tragedy like this, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the negligent doctor and hospital. Through this claim, you can recover money for medical expenses leading up to your loved one’s death, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, and more.
The surgical error lawyers at Abel Law Firm do not accept that medical errors just happen. They happen because medical personnel did not follow the rules. They happen because people in charge didn’t pay attention. They happen because of improper documentation. They happen because of unforgivable negligence.
In Oklahoma, there is a two-year statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice claim. Please don’t wait. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner the process begins to compensate you for your injuries. Our firm will evaluate your case at no charge. Call us at (405) 239-7046 to schedule your consultation.