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Doctors Operate on Wrong Kidney

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Carla Miller has sued Vanderbilt University Medical Center and alleged the hospital operated on the wrong kidney during surgery. Ms. Miller claims that Vanderbilt doctors were supposed to implant a mesh tube from her left kidney to her bladder. However, physicians mistakenly implanted the tube in her right kidney. As a result of the error, Ms. Miller has claimed her urinary system was permanently damaged and she will now require dialysis for the rest of her life. Ms. Miller has asked for $5.5 million in compensatory damages and another $15 million in punitive damages.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says these "vivid and terrifying errors," which are referred to as a "wrong-site surgery," occur once in every 112,000 surgeries. According to a safety primer published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wrong-site surgeries are classified as "never events" and say these errors are often signs of "serious underlying safety problems" at hospitals.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider's negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party's right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.

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