Our Michigan wrong site surgery medical malpractice attorneys represent patients like you who have suffered malpractice due to a doctor, nurse or hospital’s mix-up or error. Many of these injuries are very serious, often requiring extensive medical treatment and the need for additional surgeries. When a medical error causes a death, it can give rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.
There are risks involved in every medical procedure and not all poor results are due to medical malpractice, however if you underwent a wrong site surgery, you may have legal rights to pursue a lawsuit!
Wrong-site surgery is a devastating problem that results from poor preoperative planning, lack of institutional controls, failure of the surgeon to exercise due care, or a simple mistake in communication between the patient and the surgeon. This can have shattering results for the patient and the surgeon. Wrong-site surgery is not just an orthopedic surgery problem that occurs because the surgeon operates on the wrong limb.
Few medical errors are as vivid and terrifying as those that involve patients who have undergone surgery on the wrong body part, undergone the incorrect procedure, or had a procedure intended for another patient. These "wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors" (WSPEs) are rightly termed never events errors that should never occur and indicate serious underlying safety problems.
Wrong-site surgery may involve operating on the wrong side, or the incorrect body site. One example of surgery on the incorrect site is operating on the wrong level of the spine, a surprisingly common issue for neurosurgeons.
While much publicity has been given to these high-profile cases of WSPEs, these errors are in fact relatively rare. A study estimated that such errors occur in approximately 1 of 112,000 surgical procedures, infrequent enough that an individual hospital would only experience one such error every 5-10 years. However, this estimate only included procedures performed in the operating room; if procedures performed in other settings such as, ambulatory surgery or interventional radiology, are included, the rate of such errors may be significantly higher.
Preventing Wrong-Site Surgery
Although the problem of wrong-site surgery has been addressed and use of the Universal Protocol is strongly promoted by Joint Commission, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons' (AAOS) and other professional organizations, efforts to eliminate wrong-site surgery have been unsuccessful. Wrong-site surgeries continue to occur despite national campaigns. There is overall consensus that the Universal Protocol is effective if properly implemented and followed.
Although initially designed for operating room procedures, timeouts are now required before any invasive procedure. Comprehensive efforts to improve surgical safety have incorporated timeout principles into surgical safety checklists; while these checklists have been proven to improve surgical and postoperative safety, the low baseline incidence of WSPEs makes it difficult to establish that a single intervention can reduce or eliminate WSPEs.
Wrong-site surgeries, although rare, are more common than health care providers and patients appreciate. Prevention of WSPEs requires new and innovative technologies, reporting of case occurrence, and learning from successful safety initiatives, such as in transfusion medicine and other high-risk nonmedical industries, while reducing the shame associated with these events.
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Statute of Limitations For Michigan Wrong Site Surgery Malpractice Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases varies from state to state. In Michigan, you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years of the date of the malpractice. If you miss a deadline, your claim will be lost forever. To avoid these severe consequences, you should contact the Michigan malpractice attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately.
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Individuals injured by a medical malpractice should contact the Michigan medical malpractice attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers about your case. You can also fill in the Get Help Now box on this page and press “Click To Send.” We will contact you shortly and begin working on your case immediately!