There is a certain amount of trust that must be held by an individual who puts their life in the hands of a surgeon. Because it is impossible to do the surgery on ourselves, we pay large amounts of money to these facilities to provide us with care. After all of this trust, only to end up with a wrong site surgery procedure and a life that will probably be changed forever.
Statistics will show that mistakes in surgery are a lot more common than we are led to believe, a fact that could deter some people from allowing themselves to go under the knife. Some reports claim that these wrong site events take place about 40 times a week, on a nationwide average. Is this something that we should be concerned about?
Can you imagine entering a hospital because of a diabetes infected leg. The doctor informs you that the leg has to be removed in order to prevent an infection. When you are wheeled into the operating room you are already drugged up in preparation for the procedure. The conversation in the operating room is engrossing, or the paperwork got screwed up at the nurses station, but while you were under, the wrong leg was removed.
If you have ever heard the term “never event”, you might have to raise an eyebrow as you try to determine exactly what it means. Some have referred to the “never event” as a nonstarter, if only for the fact that the incident should never have happened in the first place. Could this happen to you and if so, how would you deal with it?
As a patient, the removal of a body part that should not have taken place is nothing if not traumatic. This is not a scenario where an apology will make things return to normal, after all, we are not talking about a hot cup of coffee being spilled on your leg, as bad as that may seem. There is no turning back from this mistake.
Hopefully you will never be the victim of a wrong site surgery procedure, because that is no fun. If you do find yourself having to deal with such an issue, you should immediately contact your Chicago personal Injury attorney and get yourself some free consultation. This is not a matter of running to a lawyer at the first chance, it is simply an opportunity to correct a careless mistake.