Categorized as a “never event,” wrong site surgery occurs when a surgeon operates on the wrong body part or the wrong side of the body. According to the Opthalmic Risk Management Digest, 84 percent of wrong site surgical events resulted in medical malpractice awards. Although rare, wrong site surgeries can have devastating lasting consequences.
If you or someone you love underwent surgery on the wrong body part, this could constitute a medical malpractice claim, so call our attorneys for a free evaluation.
According to research released by The Joint Commission, wrong site surgery is generally caused by a lack of procedures in place to mitigate such events. Without a formal system in place to verify the correct site of the surgery, these never events are much more likely. The Joint Commission further broke down the causes of wrong site surgery into these top three factors:
In “Wrong Site Surgery: A Preventable Medical Error,” Deborah F. Mulloy and Ronda G. Hughes categorized wrong site surgery errors by system causes and process causes. Some of those system failures can include:
In the same study, Mulloy and Hughes detailed a number of process factors that could also lead to or contribute to the risk of wrong site surgeries.
Wrong site surgery is completely preventable. That is why if this happened to you or a loved one, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice claim. We invite you to contact The Perecman Firm for more information.
In 2011, The Washington Post published an article on wrong site surgery, which made the case that these surgical errors showed no sign of slowing down. The piece recounted various real-life examples of wrong site surgery, including:
Surgery mistakes are not the same as the known, adverse side effects associated with some surgical procedures. These “mistakes” are completely avoidable – the result of medical negligence, communication errors, lack of training, and other procedural insufficiencies. If you or someone you love went through a wrong site surgery, we invite you to contact our New York City medical malpractice attorneys today for a free review of your case. We represent the injured and the wronged throughout New York County, Kings County, Bronx County, Richmond County, Queens County, and beyond.
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