One of the most serious types of medical malpractice cases result from the failure of a surgeon to remove a foreign object placed inside a patient’s body. There are a number of devices used during surgery, including sponges, cloth, metal rods, and more, that are often inadvertently left inside patients’ bodies.
These mistakes can cause extreme pain, as well as additional complications that are far worse than the condition the surgery was meant to correct in the first place.
This is also a shockingly common occurrence. Patient safety research from Johns Hopkins revealed that, in the United States alone, a surgeon leaves a foreign object inside a patient’s body after an operation over 150 times a month. And experts say that number may be on the low side.
For medical malpractice attorneys, when a foreign object is left inside the body after an operation, a settlement is likely. These cases are generally easy because liability is often conceded.
Once liability is established, the remaining issues are the amount of damage that was caused by the foreign object. Obviously, one damage would be the costs and medical risks associated with the procedure to remove it.
Proving additional damages, including infection, pain, scarring, and other complications, may be more difficult because we need to prove that the foreign object was the cause of those conditions. However, the question is not whether the claimant gets paid. A settlement is likely. Rather, the question is how much they get paid.