If you were the victim of wrong-site surgery, you may be entitled to compensation through a Kentucky medical malpractice claim. You will need to establish a few things, however, in order to do this.
One of the first things you will need to prove is that a healthcare provider acted in a negligent manner, and it resulted in surgery being performed on the wrong site. This could include:
- miscommunication from a nurse or
- a surgeon failing to mark the correct site.
Before a patient undergoes surgery, the medical team has a duty to verify that it has the correct patient, the correct type of procedure and the correct incision site.
In addition, the surgical site should be marked clearly. Even before proceeding with the procedure, there should be a last-minute check to make sure any potential mistakes are avoided.
After you have shown that medical negligence was the cause of your wrong-site surgery, you will need to establish that you suffered serious injury or illness. If not, the time and cost to pursue a medical malpractice claim won’t be worth it.
Serious injuries or illness might include infection, a malfunctioning organ, the loss of an arm or other severe consequences. In some cases you might even be able to file a medical malpractice claim against the hospital.
When you have suffered losses such as medical expenses and lost income, you may be entitled to compensation. In addition, you could be compensated for pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, and more.
Contacting a Kentucky Medical Malpractice Lawyer
A Kentuckymedical malpractice lawyer at Gray and White can help you handle every aspect of your medical malpractice claim. If you’ve become the victim of a wrong-site surgery in Kentucky, contact us today for a free evaluation of your case – 1-888-450-4456 or 1-502-210-8942.