Wrong Side Surgery is a Blatant Form of Michigan Medical Malpractice

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When you go into the hospital for a surgery, be it minor or serious, you 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 fairly common, causing hundreds of injuries and deaths each year. This major mistake can happen when:

  • doctors misunderstand patient’s symptoms
  • nurses mislabel surgery diagrams or 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 can be serious or fatal. At the least, surgeons have to go back in to correct the error and fix the original problem, which results in more medical bills and recovery time for the patient.

Wrong side surgery is almost always the fault of the medical professionals in charge of the procedure. As with similar instances of medical malpractice, the victim may be eligible to recover damages, including financial compensation for medical bills, ongoing care, missed time at work, and more.

To learn more about your legal rights in these cases, call the Michigan medical malpractice lawyers at Thurswell Law 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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