When we, as patients, agree to undergo medical procedures we trust that our healthcare provider has thoroughly researched and thought over that the procedure. Additionally, we trust that during the procedure our healthcare providers will use their utmost care to properly complete the procedure to the best of their abilities. Where a medical professional fails to do so and a patient suffers serious injury or death, any and all wrongdoers can be held liable through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
According to an article in the Cook County Record, a Northwest Community Hospital doctor allegedly performed surgery on the incorrect knee of a McHenry County woman who is now suing the doctor and hospital. Attorneys for the woman filed her lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court earlier this month. The filed complaint alleges that she was admitted to Northwest Community Hospital for arthroscopic surgery on her left knee and that the doctor performed the procedure on her right knee. She now seeks over $50,000 in damages.
As our readers know, preventable medical errors are far too common and often have devastating consequences. Each year over 98,000 people are killed every year as a result of preventable medical mistakes and many more are injured. Wrong-site surgeries are among the most common medical mistakes that can easily be prevented if medical teams carefully follow protocol to reduce the incidence of wrong-site surgery.