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Wrong-Site Surgery

Wilson & McQueen March 23, 2023

Sometimes, the trust between a patient and a physician is broken as a result of doctor error. Unfortunately, one of these such errors that can cause a great deal of harm is when a surgeon performs a procedure on the wrong site. Although wrong-site surgeries are becoming increasingly rare due to their preventable nature, they still occur and can lead to a variety of health complications. Our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC have extensive experience with medical malpractice and personal injury claims, and we are dedicated to helping clients seek justice in cases like these.

What is Wrong-Site Surgery?

Wrong-site surgeries may occur as a result of poor preoperative planning, lack of oversight, and others. Regardless, this type of medical error is highly preventable. When wrong-site surgeries do occur, they most often occur during the following types of operations:

  • Orthopedic

  • Podiatric

  • Urological

  • Neurosurgical

Effective medical organizations will have a system in place that prevents wrong-site surgeries, such as marking the area of the patient to be operated on with a pen. Site marking is a core component of the Joint Commission’s universal protocol to prevent wrong-site errors.

Contact a Kentucky Surgical Error Lawyer

Wrong-site errors that occur as a result of a doctor or medical staff’s negligence are simply inexcusable. If you or someone you know has had a wrong-site surgery, you may be entitled to financial compensation for any resulting pain and suffering. Contact the attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC by calling to find out what we can do for you today.