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One of the few times I would actually suggest suing. I have heard stories of people drawing arrows and notes on themselves to ensure the surgeons work on the correct limb.

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I'd be happy--the compensation OP should receive to keep it out of court will probably allow them to live pretty comfortably.. Grats, OP!!

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Depends on what country you live in #50. I almost died due to gross negligence and had to pay all the astronomical bills myself, let alone I'd get compensated for it. Doctors close ranks faster than the blink of an eye. Btw, quality of life is much more important than a bit of money. I'm sure 1 problematic knee is bad enough..

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Good point, #64. However, OP & I live in the USA--the land of frivolous lawsuits & generous compensation to prevent lawsuits in general. Sorry to hear about your experience, but I believe OP will come out of it well. What's the doc/hospital gonna do, claim it was actually the correct knee after changing some medical records? DocBastard would be the subject matter expert here, I believe.

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When I had my knee surgery they made me draw an X on the bad knee myself. At the time I thought it was silly, now I can see why they do it. I'm so sorry OP, knee surgery is very painful, you poor thing.

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Cheshire - Victims of medical malpractice aren't paid to prevent a lawsuit. A lawsuit is brought against the doctor, and the two sides often will settle out-of-court rather than bring a full trial. That said, according to a 0.835 second google search, in the US about 80% of lawsuits that actually go to trial and are decided by a jury are won by the doctor.

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Thank you, Doc--I was barely familiar with the process. And I apologize for wasting those 0.835 seconds of your time to Google that!

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--hunts19ketchup: I'm way sorry for your terrible experience, but shut the ever-loving fuck up. If you wanna come on a satirical comedy site where people essentially get judged for their experiences--while bitching about your "seven-figure settlement" to make people jealous or whatever, then either start throwing that settlement money at us, or stop tossing your dumbass opinion into the internet. I didn't say I'd be happy about anything. I think a shitload of people would go through

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Nope, hunts19ketchup--not bitter at all. Actually, I'll be even more not bitter if you wanna throw about 3 figures my way. Way to run with that, though--but I'll probably forget you shortly after this & just give you a thumbs-down. And yeah, money is touchy for a lot of people in the USA, and around the world.. Does that reflect on the content of our character or something? Smile away. That'll be 7 figures for your class on how not to be a dumbshit.

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One of the few times I would actually suggest suing. I have heard stories of people drawing arrows and notes on themselves to ensure the surgeons work on the correct limb.

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I've had knee surgery three times and each time the doctor has written "THIS ONE" in permanent marker on the leg that I was having surgery on.

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My health law prof told us he did that when he had knee surgery once.He wrong all along one leg DO NOT OPERATE ON THIS LEG in black sharpie before he went in.

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I know someone that had foot surgery. The doctor operated on the wrong foot. Instead of waiting for the wrong foot to heal, then doing the right one, the doc decided to do it while she was under. Needless to say, she did sue and won a huge settlement. Now the hospital makes the patient write a huge red X on their own limbs.

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Every surgery I've had (8 in total) the surgeon(6 different surgeons) has had me put "cut here", "fix this part", "this is the knee you're working on" or something equally as dumb and then they signed under my writing. It's amazing that screw ups like this can happen.

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This is the first story I've seen in quite a while that's actually worth the law suit. And I've even heard a story about a guy who went it to get an arm removed but they took off the wrong one.

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My surgeons always sign the shoulder/hip they have to operate on in sharpie. They ask three times, then sign, then ask to ensure they signed the right one.

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#25 What if the DO NOT part got covered up by a sheet or something? Your law prof isn't as clever as he thinks.

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I always thought the surgical team does this... draw on the area that needs the surgical operation so its harder to muck with the wrong one.

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When I went, the pre-op dude wrote a large YES with a marker on my right ankle. I figured this was common practice. What the fuck?

shit man, that's rough! sue the hospital that did the surgery on you, should be in your notes which knee!

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It sounds crazy, but I can see how this can happen. Everyone makes mistakes at work, even those who are the very best in their field. I almost always had a discrepancy of at least a few cents at the of the day in my register total when I worked as a cashier. Now that I work in aviation maintenance, the consequences of my mistakes are far worse than a customer getting ripped off of some change. The same is true for doctors. I am usually painstakingly thorough in my inspections, but I recently fai

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I have had 6 knee surgeries and I can for a fact say this had to be one huge series of screw ups for this to actually happen. when you check in every single nurse or attendant confirms what limb they are working on. then the anesthesiologist comes in and confirms as well as initials the limb. then the doctor comes in and confirms and initials the limb. if those steps weren't done you should have left before they even started. medical malpractice at its finest.

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Sounds like it was a middle-man, like a nurse who was supposed to confirm the limb, or the person who was supposed to mark it, that screwed up rather than the surgeon then.

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This actually happens commonly. I've even heard stories of people getting a foot amputated because they got mistaken for another patient.

Whenever I've had an operation they've drawn an arrow on the leg that should be operated on. Did they ask beforehand what knee it was?

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Actually, asking the patient what is going to be done and putting some kind of notation on the part to be operated on is a Standard of Practice, at least here in the States, developed to prevent just this kind of mistake. When I had Cataract surgery, the nurse asked me which eye was going to be operated on, then handed me a marker and told me to put an "X" over that eye. Only then did she give me the consent to sign.

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