Surgical Errors May Have Led To Removal Of Wrong Kidney

injury case examples

On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Any body part that has a double, such as an arm or a leg, has the potential to be operated on in error. Such surgical errors can inflict unnecessary harm on otherwise healthy body parts, and require further surgery for Texas patients in order to correct the initial problem. Perhaps even more devastating, though, is the complete removal of the incorrect body part. These malpractices are unacceptable and victims should always seek one of the best Houston law firms for medical mistakes to take legal actions.

While undergoing surgery to have one of his kidneys removed, a 59-year-old man was in the hands of a surgeon who allegedly decided to operate based on what he could recall without double checking the patient’s medical records. In doing so, he removed the incorrect, otherwise healthy kidney from the patient. Not only did the patient then have to have a second surgery to remove his other kidney, but his potential for renal failure was drastically increased.

According to that state’s medical board, the attending surgeon deviated from what the proper standards of care should have been for this kind of surgery. This apparently included the fact that, during the surgery, the records indicating which kidney was cancerous were not at the facility, but instead left in an office. The medical board further placed the doctor on probation.

Although a study from 2006 asserted that surgeries on the wrong body part only occur on a once every five to 10 year basis, this is at least the second lawsuit concerning surgery on the wrong body part in 2014. Texas patients who have suffered similar devastating surgical errors likely understand that the emotional and physical toll can last a lifetime, and there are lawyers specializing in medical injuries in Houston prepared to build a case to file a lawsuit to find legal compensation. Fair compensation should reflect both the current and long-term medical costs and emotional burden, which can be sought through the successful litigation of a medical malpractice claim.

Source:, “Surgeon on probation for removing wrong kidney”, Ben Hooper, Dec. 3, 2014



Don’t Wait! Contact Us Today to Get the Help You Deserve From One of the Best Medical Malpractice Law Firms in Texas.

We represent clients from all across Texas. If you or a loved one has been injured by medical negligence of a healthcare provider or facility, contact us now for a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys will review the details of your case, make sure you understand your legal rights, and discuss the possibilities of a lawsuit. Call us at the number below or complete the form and a member of our staff will contact you as soon as possible. All consultations are strictly confidential.




Average Rating 5 out of 5 stars
 based on 53 reviews

Fantastic law firm! Getting our negligence case settled took longer than originally expected but in the end the results were well worth it. Mr. Hastings and his office were always professional, polite, and thorough in explaining my case to me. Bug thanks to him and his staff for helping me through this ordeal.

Gus Morton

We couldn’t have made a better choice by hiring the Hastings Law Firm to represent us. The staff was always professional but they showed real concern for our case and made it personal. If you need a great law firm, I would happily recommend them.

Ernie Wolford

Tommy is a great guy, genuinely concerned about his clients. This is evident in not only how he runs his firm but the fact that he chose to focus on medmal, something other attorneys have abandoned. If you’re looking for someone that will fight for you tooth and nail, he’s your man.


Tommy Hastings and his staff provided a much needed voice for us during our crisis. His attention to detail went beyond the scope of simply practicing law. He is honest, informative, pragmatic and communicated well with us from start to finish. In a sea full of competing attorneys, Tommy has cast a reputation for himself as the very best. I highly recommend his services.

Kellie Rhodes

Tommy Hastings went above and beyond during my crisis. He genuinely cares about his clients and delivered a straight-forward, honest method to resolve my issue as quick as possible. If you want the best of the best then look no further. You’ve found him.

Kendall Webb

I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. My needs were put first and was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued, my nerves were calmed and the process was always explained. Tommy Hastings and his staff go above and beyond! I couldn’t have asked for a better law firm or attorney!

Joy Love

I can’t say enough great things about this law firm. The staff was friendly and courteous every step of the way. They kept me informed and explained all of my options. Tommy was amazing to work with and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my outcome. If I could give him 10 stars, I would. If you don’t go with Hastings, you are doing yourself a disservice. Highly recommend.

Misty Peterson

I would highly recommend Tommy and his law firm. He represented us in a case where a simple surgery left my mother permanently disabled. His staff was very professional and diligent and kept me well informed throughout the case. In the end we are happy with the settlement she received and feel lucky to have had Tommy as our attorney.

Earica Robert

My brother had an unnecessary surgery which left him with severe neurological issues. We called several attorneys but chose Hastings because of their focus on cases like this. While the case is still pending, we’ve already received a settlement offer that was very close to what we were looking for. Many thanks go out to Tommy and his great team!

Devin Schumacher

We’re blessed to have found the Hastings law firm. Tommy and Greg were outstanding! Both attorneys were very responsive, professional, and helpful with any questions we had about our case. Their entire staff went above and beyond to keep us updated and most of all, calm. My family feels as though we have been made (mostly) whole again. Thank you both for your hard work.

Amy Word



Tommy Hastings and his team of personal injury attorneys have successfully tried and settled thousands of medical negligence lawsuits across Texas & Florida, resulting in the recovery of millions of dollars in compensation for their clients. These results have earned them the reputation of being one of the best medical malpractice plaintiff firms in the nation.