Wrong Side Surgery Is A Blatant Form Of Michigan Medical Malpractice

When you go into the hospital for a surgery, regardless of how minor or serious, you need to trust in the experience and expertise of the doctors and nurses performing the procedure. Most of the time, this trust is well-placed, and the medical professionals do an exemplary job of helping you heal or recover from an injury or illness.

However, certain medical professionals betray this trust, committing seriously negligent acts that result in severe injuries or even loss of life. One type of blatant Michigan medical malpractice is wrong side surgery.

Michigan wrong side surgery occurs when a medical professional operates on the wrong side of the patient’s body, making a crucial mistake that creates many additional problems. An example of wrong side surgery would be if you went in for a left hip joint replacement and instead got a new right hip joint.

Surprisingly, wrong side surgery is more common than you would think, causing hundreds of injuries and deaths each year. This major mistake can happen when:

  • Doctors misunderstand patient’s symptoms;
  • Nurses mislabel surgery diagrams/body parts;
  • Surgeons are not paying attention.

These mistakes can lead to serious injury or even death. In some instances, the failure of doctors to fix the original problem is fatal or serious in nature. At the least, surgeons have to go back in to correct the error and fix the original problem, resulting in more medical bills and recovery time.

Wrong side surgery is almost always the fault of the medical professionals in charge of the procedure. As with any similar instance of medical malpractice, the victim may be eligible to recover damages from the mistake, which can include financial compensation for additional bills, ongoing care or physical therapy, missed time at work, and more.

To learn more about your legal rights in these cases, call the Michigan medical malpractice lawyers of the Thurswell Law Firm today at (866) 354-5544. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys at a time that is convenient for you.

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