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When you go into the hospital for surgery, there’s always a chance that a mistake will be made. When that happens, you’ll be in a position to claim for medical malpractice. When your attorney helps you with your case, you’ll need to show how the surgeon or doctor erred, so you can prove that your injuries were the result of negligence or other negative factors.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have released a report that discusses patient safety and how procedures must be followed to keep people safe. Particularly in the case of surgical errors, following strict protocols can be of use.

The study reviewed several kinds of errors that take place. One, wrong-patient surgery, is described as occurring when the wrong patient is operated on. Another, wrong-level surgery, is rarely discussed but equally important as the others. This kind of surgical error takes place when the surgeon operates on the right part of the body but either above, below, to the right or to the left of the surgical error on the wrong level. For example, if a patient was meant to have the bottom of a bone shaved and the surgeon shaved the top of the bone, that could be considered to be a wrong-level surgery.

So what increases your risk of being injured? If you had more than one surgeon, if you had more than one operation in a single visit or if you were under unusual time constraints, your case may be one where surgical errors were more likely. It’s important to reach out and discuss the errors with your attorney in these cases, as you are likely to be able to file for compensation.