Surgeon Operates on Wrong Body Part

A surgeon in Orange County, California, operated on the wrong part of a child’s body this week, according to a news report. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, this is the Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s third such surgical error in the last four years. The child was set to undergo a procedure to loosen a small fold of tissue behind the upper lip. What the surgeon did was to loosen the tissue underneath the child’s tongue.

According to The Joint Commission, which monitors hospital safety and quality across the country, nearly 120 wrong-site surgeries took place nationwide just in 2008. The error at this particular hospital occurred in spite of safety procedures that were put in place after two prior wrong-site surgeries. In January 2006, a child had to undergo additional surgery after the surgeon cut into the wrong side of the child’s skull. In June 2007, the surgeon inserted tubes into both of the child’s ears instead of only the right ear. Wrong-site surgery is in fact the most common surgical error that occurs and most often, it is because of a breakdown in communication among the surgical team or between the surgeon and the patient or his or her family members.

If you have been the victim of wrong-site surgery, you can file a medical malpractice claim against the surgeon or a hospital seeking compensation to cover pain and suffering, emotional distress and expenses incurred because of additional surgeries or procedures. Please contact the reputed Seattle medical malpractice attorneys at The Bernard Law Firm to find out about your legal rights and options. Please call us at 1-800-418-8282 or e-mail us at to schedule your FREE, comprehensive and confidential consultation. We can also send you our FREE informational brochure about Washington medical malpractice cases, which has useful, educational information to help you understand your rights. Get in touch with Kirk Bernard and his skilled legal team today.


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