Surgical operations entrust the patient’s life wholly to the team’s skill and competency. While most surgical procedures in the United States go successful, incidents of medical errors sometimes lead to severe complications or even death. These errors may eventually lead to surgical malpractice claims.
Cases of malpractice in New York mostly happens when the operation or procedure is conducted on the wrong part of the body, also known as the wrong site surgery (WSS). According to the American Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), administering the procedure to the wrong patient, or an overall erroneous procedure, also determines WSS. The “incorrect part of the body” may be defined further either as a mistake on the location of the surgery or the anatomical side.