We have examined some of the different kinds of wrong-site surgical errors on this blog, from wrong-patient operations to surgery involving the wrong part of a patient’s body. However, you may be wondering how prevalent these errors actually are and which types of surgical errors occur the most frequently. In Albuquerque and cities all over the state of New Mexico, all types of surgical errors are extremely serious. Victims of these mistakes deserve a voice and if you have suffered because of a medical professional’s carelessness, do not waste any time in working to have them held responsible.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, wrong-side surgery, where an operation is performed on the wrong side of a patient, is the most common type of wrong-site surgery. Next, operations performed on another incorrect site, such as the proper side but the wrong part of a patient’s body, is the second most common type of wrong-site surgery. Finally, the wrong procedure and the wrong patient are even less common but do occur and can shatter victims’ lives.
Surgical errors can be especially devastating for different reasons. As a patient, you expect your surgeon to do his or her best to provide you with the level of care that you deserve and you may be upset to find out that a careless mistake has negatively affected you. When this occurs, you should take a look into your legal rights and should not hesitate to pursue the justice that you deserve.