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Wrong Site Surgery Overview

Mellino Law Firm

It may seem unimaginable that such a serious medical mistake could happen, but lack of communication, understaffing, and fatigued surgeons could result in wrong site surgery. No matter what the cause, however, your surgeon could be held liable for injuries you sustain as a result of this type of negligence.

Wrong Site Surgery Overview and Statistics

This includes performing surgery on the wrong side of the patient (for instance, amputating the left arm instead of the right), performing the wrong type of procedure, or operating on the wrong patient.

Statistics have revealed that instances of wrong site surgery increased from 15 reported cases in 1998 to 592 cases by June 2007.

It occurred most commonly in:

  • general surgery;
  • orthopedics;
  • podiatric procedures;
  • neurosurgery; and
  • urological procedures.

If a surgeon operated on the wrong side of your body, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have. Compensation for a surgical mistake could help you address hospital bills, additional operations, lost income, and more. Download or request Chris’ free guide to filing a claim in Ohio today.


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