If you have suffered from a medical malpractice incident such as a surgical error, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the hospital or surgeon. According to a 2011 study, preventable surgical errors occur in approximately 40 cases each week. Furthermore, wrong-site surgery cases have nearly doubled since 2004.
In some instances, surgical errors may be attributed to the surgeon or staff's failure to follow proper protocol. Errors could include amputating the wrong limb, operating on the wrong patient, receiving the wrong surgery due to an incorrect diagnosis or performing surgery on the wrong body part. Depending on where you live, the caregiver who committed the error may not even be required to notify an oversight organization or report the incident, meaning that without the right approach, it could be more difficult to bring a case against a medical professional.