Undergoing a surgical procedure can be nerve-racking, even under the best conditions. A patient should not have to worry about retained surgical items inside their body. Unfortunately, surgical errors occur and foreign bodies, such as a sponge, needle, towel, metal clip, or other surgical instruments, are left behind. When a foreign body is left inside someone, he or she may be in danger. Complications like infection, pain, extended illness or injury, organ perforation, or even death are common. To top things off, additional surgical procedures will likely be required to remove the retained surgical items.
The only a small silver lining to this issue. Patients suffering injury as a result of foreign bodies left behind may be entitled to compensation from the medical care provider responsible. Because of their needless pain and suffering, they are owed monetary damages. At Tittle Law, our surgical malpractice lawyers understand the life-altering effects that patients suffer as a result of careless medical mistakes. We are dedicated to helping the victims of medical negligence in their pursuit of justice.
Unfortunately, surgical items and medical debris are left inside of patients far more frequently than many people realize. According to data collected and published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), medical objects are left inside of a patient in 1 in every 5,600 operations. On the surface level, that figure may not sound too alarming. However, the pervasiveness of the problem becomes clear when you consider the fact that there are more than 50 million medical operations conducted in our country annually. Altogether, this means that retained surgical items are negligently left inside of nearly 10,000 Americans each and every year.
A surgical item or other type of foreign object should never be left inside of a medical patient. As described by the Center for Medicaid and State Operations, ‘retained surgical items’ are listed as ‘never events’. The United States federal government defines a ‘never event’ as a type of medical error that presents a serious threat to public health and that can be virtually eliminated when proper care is taken by medical professionals and healthcare providers. The bottom line is simple: there is no excuse for leaving a foreign object inside of a patient. The danger is enormous, and the mistake is easy to avoid with proper care and safety procedures. Patients deserve better and could be eligible for compensation when a foreign object is retained after surgery.
When surgery is performed, a number of supplies, tools, instruments, or other objects are used in the operating room. These objects are used in or near your body; and as a result, can fall or left inside.
Some common objects left behind are as follows:
Leaving a surgical tool inside a patient’s body following a surgical procedure can lead to a number of harmful complications.
Some of these include, but are not limited to, the following:
Under Ohio law, medical malpractice victims who had a foreign body left inside them are entitled to recover financial compensation for the full value of their damages. Medical malpractice claims are typically defended by large insurance companies. Even when liability is relatively clear, as is true in many retained surgical item malpractice cases, getting a full and fair recovery can still be immensely challenging for the victim and their family. In these cases, the big insurance providers tend to shift their tactics. They move from disputing liability to trying to limit the value of the damages. Medical malpractice victims should always be represented by a skilled Cleveland retained surgical items attorney who can help them properly document their losses. At Tittle & Perlmuter, our medical malpractice attorneys can have the skills and experience to help you maximize your financial recovery. You may be able to get compensation for:
Tragically, retained surgical items can sometimes lead to deaths, but compensation might still be available. In these cases, the family members of the victim can bring an Ohio wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible medical professionals and healthcare providers. While nothing will be able to make up for the loss of your loved, the negligent parties must be held accountable. Your loved one deserves justices and your family needs financial support.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result retained surgical items, you may have a claim for compensation. Call the Cleveland retained surgical items lawyers at Tittle & Perlmuter or fill out our contact form online for a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice attorneys.