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Wrong Surgery Site Errors

Call Our Skilled New York Medical Negligence Attorneys

A medical study in 2011 concluded that wrong surgery site errors occur at 40 cases per week. By one measure, the reported cases have almost doubled since 2004. Sadly, each case was completely preventable. Many errors are traced to independent-minded physicians and staff for failing to follow simple protocols.

Some of the more common medical malpractice occurrences are:

  • Removing the wrong leg or arm
  • Removing an organ from the wrong patient
  • Operating on the wrong side of a patient by reversing an X-ray
  • Operating on the wrong eye
  • Surgical treatment on the wrong spinal disc
  • Prostate surgery and other cancer surgery in cancer-free patients

In a New England hospital, repeated wrong-site surgical malpractice resulted in a $150,000 fine and the hospital was required to put video cameras in the surgical rooms. Some states, such as Virginia, do not even require that cases be reported.

No matter what your circumstances are, our firm is ready to hear you medical malpractice story. Request a free case evaluation with us today.

Advocating for Injured Patients

At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP we have handled hundreds of medical malpractice legal cases in our almost four decades of experience and have recovered dozens of seven-figure awards following hospital-related infections and injuries. If you or a loved one were injured due to medical malpractice, or if you have questions about possible malpractice, contact our firm.

Our New York hospital negligence lawyers believe that patients deserve competent and comprehensive medical care following auto accidents, heart attacks, strokes, asthma and all other illnesses and accidents. We have focused our personal injury legal services largely on medical malpractice and our team includes attorneys who practice medical malpractice law exclusively, and an attorney included on the New York medical malpractice Super Lawyer list, Edward Ruffo.