A man has sued his surgeon for operating on the wrong knee during a knee replacement surgery. According to this news report, the suit alleges that the doctor botched his right-knee operation that left him with damage to his left knee. The patient actually went in for right knee replacement. However, his surgeon prepped the left knee and began performing replacement surgery on his left knee. However, midway through the procedure, the surgeon realized he was operating on the wrong knee, removed the instruments, sutured the incision and started operating on his right knee as planned.
The suit alleges that the defendants not only failed to perform the surgery properly, but also failed to documents in their medical records that they “surgically invaded” the wrong knee. The patient was later diagnosed with damage to cartilage under his left knee cap. The five-count medical negligence lawsuit seeks more than $50,000 on each count, plus costs of the suit.
It is an unfortunate and unnerving reality that surgical errors commonly occur in Pennsylvania. Most surgeries are done without any problems, but sometimes complications can arise because of medical negligence on the part of the surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurse or other hospital support staff. Surgical errors in Philadelphia and throughout the state of Pennsylvania can leave you with lifelong problems or worse, result in death.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice as a result of surgical errors or any other form of negligence, please contact an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer at Anapol Weiss to find out how you can pursue your legal rights. Compensation from medical malpractice claims can help pay for future medical costs to right the wrong committed, or even help to pay for long-term patient care. Call us today for a free consultation.