Shocking Facts About Wrong Site Surgery Cases: Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer Shares Facts You Need to Know


Patients Harmed by Wrong Site Surgeries Must Call a Minnesota Medical Malpractice Attorney to Protect Their Rights to Compensation


When people hear about wrong site surgeries, most people think they are a fiction of movies and TV.  But according to research, approximately 1 in every 112,000 procedures result in a wrong site surgery in the United States.  Still sound very remote?  This equates to approximately 40 wrong site surgeries a week.  Now that is a very scary number, considering that this is a “never event” and the damages of a wrong site surgery can be catastrophic.


For example, a man underwent a surgery to remove a diseased testicle and the surgeon removed the healthy one, leaving the diseased one.  Now the man had to undergo another painful surgery, permanently have testosterone therapy, and was rendered infertile to have children.  Other wrong site surgeries are noted in that article, including where the wrong eye of a 4-year-old boy was operating on which resulted in the boy being legally blind.  Another man in Minneapolis had a health kidney removed, leaving the kidney with cancer still in the patient’s body.


Liability of Wrong Site Surgeries and Common Causes


Wrong site surgeries are caused by healthcare providers who make simple, preventable errors.  With the ultra-rare exception of procedures in an emergency or life-threatening situation, surgical errors resulting in wrong site surgeries should never occur.  In fact, wrong site surgeries are considered to be “never” events which mean that they should never occur.  They only occur in the presence of negligence, which means that a victim of a wrong site surgery can establish negligence against a healthcare provider.


There are several cases of wrong site surgeries.  This includes some of the following examples:


  • Moving too fast;
  • Failing to check medical records or chart before performing a surgery;
  • Failing to confirm a patient’s identity;
  • Failing to confirm the patient’s surgery;
  • Not performing a “time out” before the surgery;
  • Communication errors between the healthcare staff;
  • Inexperience;
  • Trying to do too many things at once, including multiple surgeries at the same time in different rooms;
  • Confusing patient’s;
  • Lack of concentration;
  • Surgeon confusion;
  • Failing to review medical imaging prior to a procedure;
  • Allowing inexperienced residents to perform a surgery alone or with minimal guidance;
  • Using unqualified surgical assistants; and
  • Many other causes.


Victims of Wrong Site Surgeries Can Get Compensation: Call Kuhlman Law, LLC Now to Learn More


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, call Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE consultation by dialing (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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