Louisville Wrong Site Surgery Attorneys
While a medical professional cannot completely guarantee a successful, complication-free surgery, you should be able to trust that a surgeon will perform their job without making a serious mistake. However, the American Medical Association estimates 98,000 fatalities happen every year as a result of medical malpractice, including wrong site surgeries.
Wrong-site surgery is defined as a type of medical malpractice when a doctor operates in the wrong location of the body, conducts the wrong surgical procedure, or performs surgery on the wrong patient. Wrong site surgery cases often have severe and devastating long-term consequences for victims that can leave lasting effects.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a wrong site surgery, contact our team of Louisville wrong site surgery attorneys who can thoroughly investigate your claim. The attorneys at Sampson Law Firm can determine if you have a medical malpractice case. Call our Louisville offices at (502) 584-5050 today to discuss your legal options.
Why You Need a Wrong Site Surgery Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered injury as a result of a wrong-site surgery, the physician that caused damage can be held responsible for any harm they cause. Proving negligence in wrong site surgery cases may be complex, with certain legal requirements that must be met to prove your case in court. A knowledgeable attorney can ensure that you have a valid case, as well as negotiate with insurance and healthcare providers. To prove negligence, you will have to provide substantial evidence to demonstrate that there was a valid doctor-patient relationship, that the healthcare professional violated the standard of care by making the wrong site surgery error, that their error directly caused your injuries, and that your injuries caused you significant damages. Fortunately, wrong site surgery is a relatively obvious violation of the standard of care, but you will still want to secure the assistance of an attorney to ensure that you adequately prove this in your claim.
Why Choose Us?
Sampson Law Firm is a small law firm with over 20 years of experience protecting the rights of individuals in medical malpractice cases involving wrong site surgeries. Our law practice and our reputation are based upon our willingness to aggressively represent victims of medical malpractice and take the liable parties to trial if necessary.
Our attorneys are dedicated to providing victims in Louisville with the legal representation they deserve and fighting for the compensation our clients need. Every client gets the personalized attention they deserve. We provide our clients with the assistance and support they need at every stage of the legal process. In addition, the Kentucky Trial Court Review has repeatedly listed founder Jeffrey T. Sampson as one of the “Most Prolific Trial Attorneys in Kentucky” over the past decade.
Common Reasons for Wrong Site Surgeries
An independent organization known as the Joint Commission receives about eight wrong site surgery reports every month, but the actual number of wrong site surgeries is estimated to be 10 times higher since most go unreported. The reasons for wrong site surgeries can include:
- Errors on the booking form or information that is unreadable
- Missing consent, patient history, or surgeon’s orders at time of booking
- The patient’s documentation is incorrect, missing, or inconsistent
- Distractions and rushing during the Time Out process during surgery
- Surgical marks are incorrectly marked, removed during prep, or covered by draping
- The hospital staff is overworked or not trained properly
- Competition and pressure to increase surgical volume leads to shortcuts
There are two major problems with wrong site surgery. First, the damage to the site that is mistakenly operated on can cause injury. Secondly, when the wrong site is operated on, the body part that was not treated is left to get worse and cause additional health problems.
A successful claim for wrong site surgery can win you compensation for expenses including:
- Medical expenses to correct the injuries caused by the wrong site surgery
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential, if you are unable to return to work
- Rehabilitative costs
- Pain and suffering
In the tragic event that your loved one dies as a result of wrong site surgery, Sampson Law Firm can help you pursue a claim for wrongful death. Through this claim, you can recover money to pay for medical expenses up to their death, funeral costs, burial costs, loss of support, and other damages.
Contact a Wrong Site Surgery Attorney for Help
When wrong site surgery errors result from medical negligence, you need the experienced Louisville surgical error attorneys from Sampson Law Firm on your side. If you have been harmed due to a wrong site surgical error, we will fight to ensure that you recover full compensation and damages for your injury. Call our office at (502) 584-5050 or fill out a short contact form to discuss your case today.