Patient sues after physicians begin procedure on wrong knee

Before a surgery is performed in Philadelphia, it is typical for patients to go through a series of authentication steps designed to ensure that the right side of the body is operated on. For example, a patient who is undergoing surgery on one of his legs may be required to initial the leg being operated on so that the surgeon is sure to know which one he will be working on. Also, before the surgery begins, a timeout process should be performed during which time the entire operating team stops what they are doing and pays attention to the person presenting the details of the surgical procedure.

Doctors performing a knee replacement surgery on May 22, 2012 may have avoided a mistake if they had followed these steps to ensure that they were operating on the correct knee. Instead, the two doctors prepped and performed a nerve block on the wrong leg. It is not known how far they got into the surgery before discovering their mistake.

The patient recently filed a lawsuit against the two doctors and hospital where the surgery was performed. He is seeking $750,000 for his pain and suffering, $50,000 for his medical bills and $25,000 for his expected medical expenses in the future for a total of $825,000. He says that the surgical staff did not take the steps necessary to ensure that the correct knee was being operated on.

If you have suffered because of a wrong-site surgery, you may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Source: The Oregonian, “Man claims doctors identified wrong knee for replacement, sues for $825,000,” Aimee Green, May 20, 2014



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