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Wrong Site Surgery

While it may not seem like a likely scenario, wrong site surgeries occur more frequently than you might think. Such mistakes can include performing the wrong procedure, operating on the wrong patient, or targeting the wrong part of a patient’s body. Recently, these mistakes have been highly publicized. Increasing public awareness may help to reduce the number of incidents that occur each day.

If you or someone you know has suffered because of a wrong-site surgery, your doctor may be liable for the damages you have suffered. Contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC. Our team of professionals can help you receive the justice you deserve. Call us today at 513-321-7733 to schedule a free initial consultation.


Reports on wrong site surgery indicate that this is a serious problem that occurs much too frequently. In Pennsylvania and Florida, for example, a wrong site surgery is reported every 5 days. It is estimated that 5-10 cases occur in America each day.


There are a number of things that can be done to reduce the chance of a wrong-site surgery. Some suggested precautions include:

  • Preoperative verification, which involves a discussion with the patient, their family, and the surgeons performing the procedure. During this process, identity should be verified, and the exact anatomical location should be discussed.
  • Marking of operation site with a marker. This should be very clear to understand, and should indicate left or right if the operation is internal. Non-operation sites should not be marked.
  • Pre-operation time out. This involves all practitioners who will be in the operating room. During this time, the medical supplies needed should be verified and on-site, and the operation should be discussed one last time before operation.

If your or a member of your family has been harmed because a surgical team failed to take these basic precautions, our Cincinnati surgical error attorneys will fight for you.

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Even when all precautions are heeded, accidents can still occur. If you have been the victim of a wrong-site surgery, contact the Cincinnati medical malpractice lawyers of Stepleton Dugan, LLC at 513-321-7733.

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6071 Montgomery Road
CincinnatiOH 45213
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6071 Montgomery Road
Cincinnati, OH 45213
(513) 321-7733

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