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Retained Surgical Items

Retained Surgical Item Claims in Weston

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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 medical malpractice 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.

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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 medical malpractice 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.

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