The doctor amputated the wrong limb! Suffering a surgical error of this magnitude can lead a patient to feelings of betrayal, anger, fear, and an entire host of other emotions. When this issue came in to me, it was also accompanied with the question in the title, how can this happen?
In this Maryland medical malpractice educational article, and accompanying video, you will learn about one of the ways in which a doctor can amputate the wrong limb, essentially operating on the wrong area of the body.
THE DOCTOR AMPUTATED THE WRONG LIMB
One way in which a doctor can amputate the wrong limb is due to a communication error. An easy way to understand a communication error is to look at it like “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.” In other words, you are not on the right page.
For example, a patient’s information can get mixed up with another patient. Or a medical professional can input the wrong information into a patient’s chart. These are but a few ways in which these types of errors can occur.
Hospitals do what they can to try to prevent these errors. For example, many hospitals have policies and guidelines which are in place for surgeries. Hospital guidelines can be helpful to understand where and how a breakdown occurred in situations like these.
IF I HAVE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE HOW DO I KNOW?
Just having an injury is not the end all be all when one is talking about a Maryland medical malpractice case. Maryland law requires that you use experts to discuss the standard of care owed to you and whether the treating doctor fell below that standard causing your injury.
When a doctors needlessly endanger patients by breaking the safety rules in place to help prevent the danger experienced, then the doctors have to be held responsible for their actions.
DID THE DOCTOR AMPUTATE THE WRONG LIMB IN YOUR CASE?
The doctor amputated the wrong limb! If you are dealing with ta situation like this and your injury happened in Maryland this is what I invite you to do. Pick up the phone and call me.
I can be reached at 301-850-4832 and I answer Maryland birth injury questions like yours all the time. Add to this I would be happy to listen to your story. Remember, there are people out here who can help.
Marcus B. Boston, Esq.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815