If you enter an operating room as a patient, you place a tremendous amount of trust in the hands of the medical personnel conducting your procedure. Unfortunately, the hands that carry out your care are still human, and as humans, we are prone to errors, large and small. However, surgical errors by medical personnel are not just simple mistakes that we can forgive. Surgical errors are traumatizing and devastating.
The analysis shows troubling mistakes
A recent analysis of common surgical errors, including wrong-site surgery, revealed trends in the most common types of wrong-site mistakes. The Patient Safety Network determined that operating on the wrong side of the patient caused over half of all wrong-site incidents.
The next most common errors happened where the medical team performed surgery on the wrong area, like if the spine is the correct site, but the wrong vertebrae or level is surgically modified. More alarming is when a surgery team performs surgery on an entirely wrong body part.
The analysis further states that wrong-site errors are fully preventable. This is why these medical professionals are liable for medical malpractice.
What if I think I am a victim of medical negligence?
It is understandable that medical professionals face stressors and a taxing profession, but patients deal with stress too. Having your body wrongly modified by a surgical error is horrifying both physically and mentally. If a mistake is preventable, why should you suffer in silence for another’s negligence?
If you believe you or a loved one are suffering from medical negligence, you can fight back. A medical malpractice lawsuit can help get you the funds to recover physically and financially from the errors of your negligent medical providers. A local Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, attorney can assert your medical malpractice claims.