Wrong-site surgery (WSS) is the term for any surgical procedure performed at the wrong site on the body, on the wrong side of the body, or on the wrong patient. There are many protocols in place to prevent WSS. If a doctor performed a WSS surgery on you, there is a strong possibility that negligence was the cause.
If you were the victim of a WSS, a Los Angeles wrong-site wrong-person errors lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to help you file a medical malpractice lawsuit to seek compensation for your injures. This could include awards for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Our firm can handle all aspects of your case while you concentrate on your recovery when we represent you. For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call us today at (800) 970-4884.
About Wrong-Site Wrong-Person Surgery
Although it is a mistake that should never happen, wrong-site surgery still occurs. According to the journal Urology Annals, it is the fourth most common sentinel event behind suicide, operative and postoperative complications, and medication errors.
Systems are supposed to be in place to prevent WSS. Surgeons are frequently required to verify their patient details prior to operating, and even mark the area to be operated on. Even with these measures in place, WSS still happens when people fail to follow protocols correctly.
Wrong-Site Wrong-Person Lawsuits
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a surgical error, you may be able to seek damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit. In WSS cases, negligent parties could include your surgical team, nurses, anesthesiologists, or the medical facility the performed your procedure.
You may be able to recover compensation for:
Surgery can be expensive, and you should not have to pay for a surgery that was not performed correctly. You can seek damages to cover medical costs, including doctor visits, hospital stays, medications, ongoing therapies, the cost of your initial WSS, and any needed follow up procedures. You may be able to recover the estimated future costs of all medical treatment as well.
Emotional and Physical Suffering
Recovering from surgery can be a painful process, even under the best of circumstances. Having an unnecessary surgery performed on the wrong site or the wrong patient can compound that pain and trauma. Accordingly, you may be able to seek awards for your stress, anxiety, physical pain, and mental anguish.
You may be able to seek compensation for lost pay. This includes wages lost because of your WSS, as well as future earnings if you are unable to work in the same capacity as before your surgery. You may also be eligible for permanent disability payments, depending on the specifics of your injuries.
If your loved one died because of a WSS, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. This may allow you to recover compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of support, loss of consortium, and more.
To discuss what specific compensation may be available in your case, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today.
For a free legal consultation with a Wrong-Site Wrong-Person Errors Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 970-4884
Deadlines in a Wrong-Site Wrong-Person Lawsuit
In California, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits is one year from when you discover your injuries, but no longer than three years from when your injuries occurred, per CCP § 340.5. There could be circumstances that alter this deadline. Failure to take legal actions within this deadline on your case could prevent you from recovering compensation via a lawsuit.
In addition, CCP § 364 mandates that patients give health care providers 90-days’ notice before filing a lawsuit against them.
To discuss what specific deadlines pertain to your case, call Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today. A Los Angeles wrong-site wrong-person errors lawyer from our firm can make sure you case is in compliance with all applicable California law when we represent you. We can also handle all deadlines, paperwork, and communication on your behalf.
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How Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help
Waking up to find that the wrong arm has been amputated or that a surgery meant for another patient was performed on you is a nightmare most people can only imagine. If you have been the victim of a wrong-site surgery, and someone else’s negligence is to blame, you may be able to recover compensation.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we believe your focus should be on healing, not on stress caused by mounting medical bills or time lost at work. We want to help you seek the awards you may be entitled to so that you can focus on healing.
A Los Angeles wrong-site wrong-person errors lawyer from our can help you through every step of your case, from filing a claim to representing you in court, if necessary.
We can help you identify whose negligence caused your WSS and help you hold them responsible. Our team can help you gather evidence for your lawsuit, including patient records, expert testimony, and eyewitness testimony.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm is not afraid to take on tough cases. Our team works on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay no fees upfront or out of pocket. We do not collect attorney’s fees unless and until you recover compensation in a settlement offer or court awards.
To learn more about how Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you, call (800) 970-4884 to discuss your case.