According to a 2012 article on WebMD, roughly 4,000 surgical errors occur every year. This leads to an estimated $1.3 billion in medical malpractice payouts for surgery errors annually. Two-thirds of surgical errors were committed by surgeons who faced a previous medical malpractice claim. The article notes that the number of annual surgical errors could be even higher than this estimate due to some surgical mistakes never being reported.
The Oklahoma City, OK attorneys at Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC would like to consider surgery mistake in which the wrong side of the body is operated on . This is a particularly unacceptable type of error since it puts healthy body parts and organs at risk.
When the wrong side of he body is operated on, it could lead to a number of serious issues.
We have pairs of different organs. Obviously we have to consider our limbs, but we should also consider our eyes, ears, lungs, kidneys, and so forth. Operating on a healthy organ or body part does unneeded harm, and could lead to further medical problems later in life.
Amputation of the wrong body part means that a patient has lost a healthy part of their body. This can lead to serious issues with mobility and performing daily tasks. You may lose your good arm or hand, which can have disastrous consequences for your career and day-to-day concerns. Prosthetics may be necessary to restore some of the lost function.
Most importantly, a surgery on the wrong part of the body means that a second surgery is necessary to address the untreated medical problem. That means more time off work, additional medical recovery time, and possibly even further medical attention.
There are many reasons why these kinds of egregious surgical mistakes might occur. Some examples include:
Whatever the reason, our Oklahoma City medical malpractice lawyers find these kinds of medical errors unacceptable. People’s lives are at stake. Someone should be held accountable for errors that are this serious.
It’s important that surgeons, hospitals, and medical facilities be held accountable whenever operation errors occur. The nature of the surgical mistake will usually determine which person and/or what entity must be held legally liable for what happened.
In surgical error cases, two kinds of damages can be sought.
For more information about your legal options following a surgery error, be sure to contact our team of attorneys. The team at the Tawwater Law Firm, PLLC can be reached in Oklahoma City by phone at (405) 673-8021.