Wrong Site Surgeries Due to New York Medical Malpractice


New York Medical Malpractice Resulting in Wrong Site Surgeries

It may sound like a page out of a horror movie.  You go in to have a surgery on one part of your body, and you wake up and another part of your body was operated on.  This might not seem like a big deal at first, but when you need to have your left kidney removed and doctors accidentally remove your right kidney, you are left with one diseased kidney and no healthy one.  This is a scenario which actually happens and is New York medical malpractice.

There are many reasons why this happens, and none of them are good excuses.  It could be because the doctors and pre-op staff mistakenly make the wrong body part or even mark the chart wrong.  It could be because a surgeon miscounts and operates at the wrong spot, such as miscounting the number of vertebrate to perform a surgical fusion and doing a fusion at the wrong level.  Wrong site surgeries are really problems and they do really occur.  They result in real issues for people that rely on healthcare providers to properly do their job.  

The worst part about a wrong site surgery could also be the fact that, after being told of the mistake that occurred when a patient was anesthetized, the patient then most undergo ANOTHER surgery.  The terror and fear of having to go under the knife again is frightening after being told that there was a mistake made the last time this occurred.

As such, victims of a wrong site surgery could be entitled to damages which include pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages from being out for double the time for the second surgery, lost future earnings if the surgery causes permanent damages, loss of consortium and relations with family, and other possible damages.

Yes, wrong site surgeries happen and they never should if the proper standard of care is met.  Doctors and hospitals should be liable for these mistakes.  But what do you think?  I would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment or I also welcome your phone call on my toll-free cell at 1-866-889-6882 or you can drop me an e-mail at jfisher@fishermalpracticelaw.com.  You are always welcome to request my FREE book, The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Malpractice Victims, at the home page of my website at www.protectingpatientrights.com.