Lawsuit Filed Against Surgeon for Operating on Wrong Side of Brain

On April 30, 2013, a woman filed a lawsuit against a health care center and a neurosurgeon for allegedly operating on the wrong side of her brain. The 53 year-old woman was supposed to have a left-side craniotomy bypass, but instead received a right-side craniotomy bypass. The woman received the incorrect surgery on April 4, and then received the correct surgery six days later.

Before the surgery the woman was able to speak and care for herself. Now that she received the wrong surgery she needs constant care for her basic needs and suffers from anxiety, depression, and distress. The patient decided to have the surgery due to recent strokes. The purpose of the left-side craniotomy bypass was to prevent future strokes from occurring.

Before the surgery her speaking ability became affected, but her family was able to understand her. Now, they cannot. Unfortunately, medical mistakes happen. According to the Journal of Neurosurgery, there have been 35 identified and documented cases of wrong-side craniotomies from 1996 to 2009 in the United States. This number does not include the cases that were settled and never brought to light.

Seeking Justice for Medical Malpractice

All around the nation, medical malpractice lawsuits are being filed against doctors and medical centers who have failed to take the proper precautions. The alleged mistake described above could have been easily prevented had the doctors and staff had taken the correct safety measures. However, now the patient must pay the price for their mistake. Certain surgeries are extremely delicate and a simple mistake can lead to a life of disability and co-dependence. Even just prescribing the wrong medication dosages can have a debilitating effect on a patient.

Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you or loved one recently suffered due to the negligence of a doctor, dentist, or medical staff, you should speak to a personal injury attorney today regarding your situation. A personal injury attorney may be able to win you monetary compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact us today to discuss filing a medical malpractice claim as you may be entitled to a large settlement.