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Surgical error costs hospital $75,000 fine

Every day, hundreds of surgeries are performed on patients. While most procedures run smoothly, some patients are not quite so lucky. For any Providence residents who have been the victim of a surgeon mistake, the effects can be life changing. Some patients have developed a blood infection, some struggle with simple movement in one of their arms or legs, and some patients have even died. The sad truth is that some surgical errors can easily be avoided if the surgeon, or the surgical staff, had taken an extra moment to double check the patient and what is required.

A doctor made a costly surgical error before a surgery even began by failing to check which kidney he was supposed to remove from a patient. The patient, an 85-year-old male, had come into the hospital to have his right kidney removed. The surgeon chose not to refer to a CT image that showed the afflicted right kidney, which had a cancerous mass attached to it, and subsequently marked the wrong side. The mistake was discovered by the state's public health department when it received the patient's medical records.

Now the hospital has been fined $75,000 for the surgical error and the patient is left to deal with the mistake, which has interfered with his quality of life. While the article does not mention whether the patient sued the hospital for the complications he has experienced, ideally he was able to retain a good attorney and receive appropriate compensation for the mishap. Any Providence resident who has been the victim of a surgical mistake can meet with a qualified attorney to seek compensation for these mistakes.

Source: 7 San Diego, "Local Hospital Fined $75K for Removing Wrong Kidney," Lauren Steussy, Dec. 20, 2012

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