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What can cause or contribute to wrong-site surgeries?

On Behalf of | May 27, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Getting surgery for any reason can be scary, especially if you will be unconscious the entire time. In these scenarios, your doctors and nurses would fully control the situation guided by industry standards and procedural guidelines.

However, these cases may still be prone to errors, including wrong-site surgeries. These mistakes happen when a surgeon performs an invasive procedure on the wrong part of the patient’s body. This type of surgical mistake can have grave results that are preventable and unnecessary.

What causes them?

Wrong-site surgeries can be frustrating because systems and regulations exist to prevent them. This mistake often stems from failing to follow protocols or lacking thoroughness when checking patient records before performing the procedure.

Additionally, other factors can contribute to these mistakes, such as improper documentation and miscommunication among health care personnel. This error can be medical malpractice, mainly if a doctor or health care provider negligently carries out a procedure without following the appropriate steps and procedures. 

Holding negligent health care providers accountable

If you were a victim of wrong-site surgery, it is reasonable to feel frustrated and furious about the mistake. It can severely alter your life, devastating your family and other people you love. This type of error can lead to disabilities, chronic pain, irreversible disfigurement and even death.

Sometimes, you have no choice but to take legal action to hold negligent medical practitioners accountable for their carelessness. But before making any decisions, consider seeking legal guidance first. Doing so can help you determine who is at fault for the surgical error and what options are appropriate based on the circumstances.