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Taking action after a wrong-site survey in Georgia

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2018 | Surgical Errors |

Surgeries, no matter how small, are serious occurrences because there is a lot of opportunity for error. Therefore, only extremely competent medical professionals should undertake them, and they should never treat any with complacency.

As a patient, you are likely to be nervous or apprehensive before the surgery; however, you will probably also reassure yourself by remembering that the surgeon is competent and a medical expert. Therefore, when you come out of the surgery and realize that the surgery did not go to plan, the entire situation can feel confusing and frightening.

How is a wrong-site surgery defined?

A botched surgery is defined as a wrong-site surgery when it occurs on the wrong part of the body. Unfortunately, wrong-site surgeries can happen from time to time, and it can mean that the surgery was pointless, or even that it caused further damage to the patient.

Is a wrong-site surgery always the fault of the hospital or doctor?

In the vast majority of cases, a wrong-site surgery has human error to blame. This could be due to a nurse marking the wrong site of the body — for example, the wrong knee or the wrong breast. Therefore, the surgeon is not always held responsible, but is very likely that the hospital itself could be blamed.

If you have been affected by a wrong-site surgery, it is important to consider all of the damages, both emotional and financial, that you suffered as a result. By taking action in the state of Georgia, it is possible that you will be able to recoup the damages.