You know the drill when you go into the hospital. You provide them with all your information, insurance coverage, and you tell them what’s wrong with you. This is when the nurse puts all of the information into their system and creates a medical record that is supposed to follow you throughout your time at the hospital. What happens when something goes wrong and a doctor performs surgery on the wrong person?
This happens more than we would like to admit. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we know that there are numerous dangers regarding wrong patient surgery. Our New York City medical malpractice attorneys make it a point to represent victims of wrong patient surgery so they can understand what type of compensation they may be entitled to recover.
Wrong patient surgeries are often the result of:
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The worst part about wrong patient surgery is knowing that the situation is completely preventable. When it does happen, it’s usually the result of some kind of negligence on behalf of the hospital, the staff, or the surgeon. At the end of the day, medical professionals need to take the proper precautions to make sure they are performing the correct procedure on the correct patient.
In order to prevent serious negligence-related incidents such as performing surgery on the wrong patient, doctors and nurses can take certain steps. First, make sure the symptoms on the medical record match what the patient is telling you. Second, make sure the diagnosis requires this patient to have surgery. Finally, identify the patient correctly. Patients in hospitals usually have wristbands with some of their personal information. If the doctor takes the time to match up the chart with the wristband, there shouldn’t be a problem.
Anytime a surgical error occurs, it can be devastating. When you or someone you love didn’t even need surgery, it’s time to take legal action and hold the negligent party accountable. Our New York City medical malpractice lawyers work with clients to better understand the situation they experienced. We can help you determine and liability so we are taking legal action against the correct party to give you the strongest chance at securing compensation.
Discover your rights and options by calling us today at (212) 577-9325.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $300 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.