Wrong Site Surgery Lawyers in St. Louis
Did a Surgeon Cause Irreparable Harm?
Whenever someone undergoes surgery, there are many issues to consider,
and many things that could potentially go disastrously wrong. Even under
the best of circumstances, an oversight by the surgeon or hospital nursing
staff could have dire consequences for the patient. According to the Washington
University School of Medicine in St. Louis, 4,000 wrong-site surgeries
occur annually in the United States. This equates to one in 17,000 surgeries
being performed on the wrong site. By definition, wrong site surgery encompasses
surgeries done on the wrong organ or limb, at the wrong level of the spine,
or even on the wrong patient.
These statistics are unacceptable. Your health, safety, and well-being
should be the primary concern of the surgeon when you are under the knife.
If you have been harmed during a wrong site surgical operation, you have
the legal right to hold the
negligent surgeon accountable. Speak with Millikan Wright, LLC in a free consultation to
discuss your options.
What Can a Patient Do To Prevent a Wrong Site Surgery?
Once the patient is under general anesthesia, he or she is no longer able
to monitor or voice any thoughts or concerns. Patients must proactively
be involved in all aspects of his health and medical decision-making;
especially when surgery is involved. Studies have shown that patients
who are actively involved in the decision-making process relating to their
care are more likely to have a favorable outcome. Some things a patient
facing a surgery should remember:
- Make sure you have spoken to your surgeon and you understand and agree
to the surgery to be performed.
- Make sure the surgery site is clearly marked with a permanent marker. The
markings should be clear and should remove all doubt as to where the surgery
will be performed. If you have any doubt or concern that the surgery site
is not clear, be sure to speak up and address it with the surgeon before
- If any x-rays are used to identify the surgery site, make sure the x-rays
films are yours and do not belong to another patient.
- Ask for your surgery to be performed at a facility accredited by the JCAHO.
This accreditation means that the facility has undergone rigorous on-site
evaluation and is committed to national quality and safety standards.
Regardless of how rare a wrong-site surgery may be, if it happens to you,
it is devastating and can have long term ramifications. During these times,
you can rely on our firm to help you recover what you deserve. Call now
to speak with a
medical malpractice attorney in St. Louis that can help you with your case.