Are Wrong Site Surgeries Always Medical Malpractice?There are a lot of unknowns for surgical patients. As a surgical patient, you may wonder about how painful your recovery will be and how successful the surgery will be in fixing your medical issue. However, you probably don’t often wonder if you will receive the correct surgery. You trust your doctors to perform the surgery that you have consented to receive.
Yet, wrong site surgeries remain a problem in the United States and here in Georgia.
What are Wrong Site Surgeries?
A wrong site surgery is one that is performed on the wrong person or on the wrong part of the right person. For example, if you go in to the hospital for surgery on your right knee and the surgery is done on your left knee, or if you receive gall bladder surgery because your operation is confused with another, then you have been the victim of a wrong site surgery.
Wrong Site Surgeries are Almost Always a Result of Negligence
Medicine is an inexact science. People are injured or killed during surgery every year. Sometimes these injuries and deaths are a result of an underlying condition or unavoidable complication. However, other times the injuries and deaths are caused by the negligence of the surgeon or hospital. Wrong site surgeries are almost always caused by negligence. They are classified as a medical event that should never happen.
What to Do After a Wrong Site Surgery in Georgia
If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one, in a wrong site surgery medical malpractice case, then in it is important to learn as much as possible about your rights. We encourage you to read our free report, Surgery Common Problems and Surgical Errors and to contact an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible at 1.770.518.1133 or via our online contact form to discuss your individual case.