When you go into surgery, you expect the surgical team to do its job correctly. If it doesn't, you should want them to correct it and compensate you fairly. That's what this woman wants, and her case is strong.
A lawsuit reported on March 17 claims that a surgeon operated on the wrong rib, leaving one patient without the operation that was necessary for her health. According to the lawsuit filed against Yale-New Haven Hospital, she claims the physicians operated on the wrong body part. The 60-year-old woman had to have two surgeries in the same day because of a surgeon-in-training removing a part of the wrong rib. When she was told she would need to have a second operation, the surgeon-in-training allegedly lied about why the second operation was necessary.
The hospital reported that it has recognized that a mistake was made. It stated that it informed and apologized to the woman and reported the error to the Connecticut Department of Health. The woman had sought the operation in order to remove a lesion that was discovered on her 8th rib. The woman did not know that a surgeon-in-training would be working on her.
She claims that the correct site was marked for surgery, but the metallic coils placed into the rib were not removed, causing the woman pain far into the night. Then, after an X-ray was ordered and the markers were discovered, she had another operation; it was also found that the surgery had been performed on the 7th and not the 8th rib.
According to the claim, the surgeon-in-training told the woman that not enough of her rib had been removed, even though it was the wrong rib that had been removed.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Lawsuit Claims Surgeon Operated On Wrong Rib," Dave Altimari, March 17, 2016