The idea of doctor frequently operating on the wrong body part sounds like a crazed notion of medical malpractice lawyer. But it happens more often than people would think (or hope).
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations reports approximately nine voluntary reports a month of doctors operating on the wrong side of the patients. But the Archives of Surgery believes that wrong site surgery is drastically underreported, estimating between 1,300 and 2,700 wrong site surgery a year. Twenty percent of hand surgeons concede they have operated on the wrong site at least once in their medical careers.
Many instances of these wrong site surgeries the result of surgeons not doing what they should do get straight what operation they are performing and where they are performing it. Surgeons are required to do the obvious: verify the surgical procedure to be performed before cutting into a person.
Surgeons should also mark the surgical site in advance of the operation and do one last “make sure” in which other members of the surgical team ascertain they have the right patient, the films are correct, and that the medical records and diagnostic test match the marked surgical site.
Most patients reading this website are not getting ready for an operation. Something usually bad has happened and they are looking at their legal options. But on the off chance that you are preparing to undergo an operation, there are things you can do to make sure you are not the victim of the malpractice of a surgeon operating on the wrong body part. You can make sure the surgeon himself/herself marks the surgical site, requiring the surgeon to check the site himself. The problem, of course, is that most of us think this will never happen to us or do not focus on this issue in the exigency of getting surgery.
As you might expect, wrong-site surgical malpractice claims typically very viable malpractice claims. Approximately 30 percent of medical malpractice case end in a payment. Wrong-site surgery cases lead to payment in 84 percent of malpractice lawsuits filed.
Other Maryland Medical Malpractice Resources for Malpractice Lawyers and Victims
- Wrong Part Lawsuit (doctor alleged operates on the wrong eye)
- Medical Malpractice in Maryland (general information on medical malpractice cases in Maryland)
- Hospital Infections (malpractice issues relating to hospital infections which are often post surgery)
- Surgery Error Lawsuits in Maryland (an overview)
- Your Odds on Winning a Surgical Mistake Lawsuit (national data on chances of winning surgical malpractice lawsuit)
- Sample Attorney Deposition of Defendant Doctor’s Medical Expert (sample deposition of defendant’s expert’s deposition in a Maryland medical malpractice case)
- Informed Consent in Maryland (what is required for an informed consent case under Maryland law)
- Bringing Medical Malpractice Claims in Maryland (what needs to be done before filing a medical malpractice claim in Maryland)
- Medical Malpractice Recovery Rates for Surgical Negligence and Improper Medication (median and average malpractice jury verdicts and settlements around the country and in Maryland in malpractice claims involving surgical negligence and/or improper medication)
- Maryland Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations (discusses how much time a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer has in which to bring a claim)
- Sample Medical Malpractice Complaint (sample complaint filed by our lawyers in a medical malpractice case)
- Requirements for Certificate of Merit in Maryland Malpractice Cases
(sets forth what is required to bring a medical malpractice claim in Maryland)