Wrong-site surgery may be one of gravest forms of medical malpractice that adversely affects the lives of many Virginia residents. Wrong-site surgery means that a medical procedure was performed on the wrong organ, location on the body, or limb of the patient, or in some cases even on the wrong patient altogether.
Medical negligence cases are not unheard of in Virginia. Thousands of patients suffer grave injuries and even lose their lives due to the mistakes of doctors. A medical or surgical error could cost a person life or limb or lead to serious issues, such as partial or total paralysis, brain injuries, strokes or even cancer. A mistaken diagnosis may lead to wrongful death or severe complications, which, in turn, result in a poor quality of life that a patient has to suffer due to the mistakes of another.
A medical patient must necessarily put a lot of faith and confidence in the person who provides his or her medical care. Often, one literally entrusts one's life to a doctor or medical institution. Unfortunately, the results of such confidence in the ability or care exercised by the doctor do not always turn out well. When there is evidence of a failure by medical professionals to meet the appropriate standard of care, and injury or death results, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.