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When a person agrees to undergo surgery, they are trusting that their doctors will operate with the highest level of care to ensure their safe treatment. As a part of this trust, surgeons are expected to follow the proper protocols to accurately keep track of all surgical instruments, sponges, and equipment used during each procedure.

In particularly egregious cases of doctor malpractice, surgical staff has been known to inadvertently leave foreign objects inside their patients, causing excruciating pain and infections after surgery. If you or a loved one have had a sponge or other medical instrument left inside you during surgery, a knowledgeable Weston retained surgical item injury attorney from Rash Mueller can represent your interests and fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

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How Are Devices Left Inside Patients?

Leaving instruments inside a patient's body is considered by the medical community to be one of the most careless and preventable forms of medical negligence, being referred to as a "never event." Despite the infamy of these medical mistakes, it is estimated that this type of malpractice occurs about a dozen times each day, with many hospitals passing on technologies that can minimize this risk. According to a USA TODAY survey, less than 15 percent of American hospitals use sponges with electronic tracking devices, despite the fact that this technology would only add around $12 to the cost of each surgery.

Surgeons can cause foreign objects to be left inside patients for a number of reasons, including:

  • Operating under extreme exhaustion
  • Operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Failing to communicate with staff
  • Failing to keep track of all instruments used during surgery
  • Ignoring established hospital policies
  • Incompetent skills of surgeons and assistants

In many cases, poor post-operation monitoring can cause left objects to remain undiscovered until serious damage has already been done. Sharp objects such as scalpels and forceps can puncture organs and cause internal bleeding as a patient moves, while sponges and gauze can cause life-threatening infections and debilitating pain. If patents do not undergo emergency surgery to remove a foreign object, the consequences can potentially be fatal.

What Are the Symptoms of Retained Surgical Items?

Retained surgical instruments, including gauze left in after surgery malpractice, can cause significant harm to patients, leading to a myriad of complications that compromise health and well-being. The presence of a foreign object within the body initiates an inflammatory response, which can escalate into severe infections and chronic pain. Furthermore, these items can migrate within the body, potentially puncturing organs or obstructing physiological functions. The gravity of these situations often necessitates additional surgeries, prolonging recovery time and imposing further emotional and financial stress on the victims and their families.

Symptoms that may indicate a patient has retained surgical items include:

  • Unexplained pain, significantly intense or localized, that does not subside with time and typical post-surgical healing
  • Signs of infection, such as fever, chills, or uncharacteristic redness and swelling at or near the surgical site
  • Gastrointestinal issues, including unexplained nausea, vomiting, or difficulty digesting, which could indicate internal blockages or perforations
  • Unusual discharge from the surgical area, which may be clear, bloody, or resemble pus, indicating a possible infection or internal conflict with the foreign body
  • Fatigue or general malaise, which can be a sign of the body fighting an ongoing infection or coping with the stress of a foreign object
  • Swelling or visible protrusion near the surgical site, suggesting that the body is reacting to the retained item

Retain No-Risk Representation Today

If a surgeon has left a foreign object inside your body during surgery, you may be entitled to pursue monetary compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost income by filing a personal injury claim with the assistance of a skilled Weston retained surgical item injury lawyer from Rash Mueller. Having represented hundreds of clients throughout the greater Weston area, we can provide the results-driven advocacy you need to maximize your chances of securing a fair settlement for your suffering.

Countless clients have trusted our firm for the following reasons:

  • More than 40 years of collective, and successful legal experience
  • Millions of dollars recovered in verdicts and settlements
  • Perfect 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating
  • AV Preeminent® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

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