Do you trust your doctor? Do you assume that he or she has your best interests in mind, all the time?
In some cases, a doctor who does surgery forgets one of the tools or instruments they were using, leaving it behind, inside the patient. This can have a drastic and negative impact on the patient's health. In some cases, it can lead to serious and even fatal injuries. Even in the best cases, the patient needs a second operation to remove the item.
One of the biggest surgical mistakes a doctor can make is operating on the wrong site or the wrong patient. It does happen, though, in part because some surgical teams see multiple patients every day. One simply mistake with paperwork or confusion on the surgeon's part can lead to a disaster that changes your life forever.
What do you think is the largest reason for medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States? Wrong-site surgery? Being given the wrong medication? A surgical site that gets infected and leads to serious complications?