Wrong-Site Surgeries in St. Louis

Did you undergo the wrong surgical operation?

Undergoing a surgical procedure can be a stressful time in our lives, even if is necessary for our continued health. There is always inherent risk involved with invasive surgery, but we trust our physicians to provide us with safe medical treatment. One of the more mind-boggling medical malpractice errors is wrong site surgery. It is perplexing that in this modern era of medicine and increased communication how any such error could occur. If you have been a victim of wrong site surgery, you know that the consequences can be severe. Hiring a St. Louis medical malpractice lawyer can help you get answers about the possibility of compensation for your losses.

Sadly, statistics show that wrong site surgeries account for 13% of all "sentinel events," which are classified as unexpected deaths or serious injuries while under medical care. These errors can occur especially when emergency surgery is required, putting incredible time pressures on our medical professionals and sometimes requiring multiple surgeons. Even with these difficult conditions, these high numbers are unacceptable because of the incredible risk at which they put patients. Within the last decade, a protocol to help prevent wrong-site surgeries has been introduced to hopefully assist in drastically lowering errors.

The three simple steps of this protocol are:

  • Always verify surgery site before the operation
  • Mark the operation site
  • Take a brief break right before beginning surgery

Finding the Right Medical Malpractice Attorney for Your Case

These unfortunate cases of medical malpractice must be eliminated. At Meyerkord & Meyerkord, we are committed to helping bring justice in your case. Our growing team of dedicated attorneys understands the nightmare that you have been through and we will provide the legal know-how and tenacious representation that you need to protect your rights to compensation after a surgical error. Fill out our free case evaluation form right away or contact our offices to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you obtain the compensation you need.