Wrong Site Surgical Errors
Surgical errors have been commonplace since the dawn of medicine, however, in the 21st century age of rapid innovation, such errors are now unacceptable and more likely to result in successful medical malpractice lawsuits than ever before.
What is a Wrong Site Surgical Error?
A wrong-site error is a surgical error that involves surgeons operating on the wrong area of your body. This type of surgical error is severe, as its aftereffects can be both debilitating and deadly.
The Willie King Case
A particularly famous and tragic surgical error case occurred in 1995 with a 52-year-old patient called Willie King. He was meant to have his diseased leg amputated, but his surgeon amputated his other leg instead.
As with many wrong site surgical error cases, there was a series of mistakes that led to this event:
The case was brought to trial, and Mr. King’s surgeon defended himself by saying that both legs were unhealthy and would need to be amputated anyway. The surgeon was fined $10,000 and had his medical license suspended for six months. Willie King received a $1.2 million settlement.
If you are a victim of a surgical error then you should consult with a qualified medical malpractice lawyer immediately. As with all aspects of the law, medical malpractice law is complex and differs not only between states but between cases as well.
As a New York resident, your NYC medical malpractice attorney will explain to you that:
If you believe that you or a family member are victims of a wrong site surgical error then please contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Rosenburg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff LLP in NYC today and speak to one of our medical malpractice attorneys.
When you are ready to talk, we are ready to listen. Call 1-212-697-9280 for a free, confidential consultation.
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