Wrong Surgery

North Carolina Surgery Malpractice Lawyers

It seems unthinkable that a surgeon — surrounded by other medical professionals — could operate on the wrong body part or perform the wrong surgery on the patient. It does happen, with catastrophic results for the patient.

The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd uncovers the inexcusable negligence behind such a tragedy. For over 25 years, our medical malpractice attorneys have fought to hold doctors and hospitals accountable for errors. In the case of a wrong surgery, we work to recover full compensation for the damage done: permanent disability and lost earning potential, physical and emotional suffering, and the cost of corrective surgeries and other future medical care.

Injured Because of the Wrong Operation?

Contact our Fayetteville law office to arrange a free case evaluation. We take cases throughout North Carolina, and represent clients in South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

How Did This Happen? Uncovering the Negligence

When the wrong surgery is performed, a healthy part of the body may be damaged, while the diseased or injured part intended for surgery goes unaddressed. The victim often has to endure subsequent operations. The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd handles all such cases:

  • Removal of the wrong organ
  • Operating on the wrong part or the wrong side of the body
  • Performing a procedure intended for a different patient
  • Incorrect incisions or excess removal of tissue
  • Unnecessary surgery stemming from misdiagnosis

In one case, a spinal surgeon miscounted vertebrae and removed the wrong disc during back surgery, necessitating a second operation. In another case, an eye surgeon performed a laser surgery on the good eye and botched it, essentially blinding the patient. See examples of our verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice.

Our thorough investigation includes review of the patient history and surgical plan, hospital procedures and conduct of the surgeon and staff, and prior complaints or malpractice claims. The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd hires surgical experts in the same field to testify how the standard of care was breached. Nurses are typically responsible for marking the area of the body before surgery and verifying patient identity. They also have a duty to speak up if they believe the surgeon is in error. The operating physician is responsible for patient consults prior to surgery, checking the patient chart, and should not deviate from the proposed surgery without client consent. Radiologists should mark the intended area on X-rays and other scans. A well-run hospital has a system of crosschecks to prevent such operating room foul-ups.

All surgeries carry some risk, but being subjected to the wrong surgery is not within the scope of informed consent. The Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd is committed to holding all negligent parties fully accountable. Call today at 9107793135 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation.