Modern changes in surgical procedures have reduced many of the risks involved, but 40 Americans a week on average are still victims of wrong site surgery errors. This can be especially difficult when patients have the wrong limb amputated. Aside from the mental anguish and physical pain of having a good arm or leg cut off, they still need the one that was supposed to be amputate removed.
The Clore Law Group LLC represents people who were injured by surgical errors like wrong site surgery. They have experienced trial attorneys with years of medical malpractice litigation success. If you or someone you care about has been harmed by a surgical error, contact this law firm today to schedule a free consultation. This Charleston medical malpractice law firm is committed to serving the needs of medical malpractice victims across South Carolina.
South Carolina Wrong Site Surgery Lawyer
According to Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, wrong-site surgery occurs approximately 40 time a week in the US. This form of medical malpractice is generally the result of someone failing to mark the location of the procedure as required by The Joint Commission.
It can occur on the incorrect organ, limb or section of the spine. When a surgeon performs an operation on an area that does not require an operation, it is wrong site surgery. Generally, it is the result of a practitioner failing to mark the location of the procedure. The mark ensures that the operation will be performed on the proper spot. In addition, everyone on the medical staff will know where the surgery is supposed to occur. The practitioner is required to make this mark before the surgeon performs an operation.
How to Prevent Wrong Site Surgery
The Joint Commission gives us a set of guidelines on the practices surgeons should follow to prevent wrong site surgery.
• Mark the site when there is more than one possible location for the procedure
• Mark the site when performing the procedure in a different location could harm the patient
• For a spinal procedure, mark the general spinal region on the skin
• Mark the site before the procedure is performed
• Involve the patient in the site-marking process if possible
• A licensed independent practitioner should mark the site and be present for the procedure
Consequences of wrong-site surgery
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Charleston
Wrong site surgery is one of the medical malpractice matter the Clore Law Group has intimate experience. They have settled and tried major medical malpractice lawsuits nationwide and have set record verdicts. They have also earned recognition from their peers for their ability and ethics. If a surgeon performed wrong site surgery on you or some one you love, contact the Clore Law Group now.