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Surgical Errors Include Objects Left In Patients

When you go in for surgery, you expect the surgeon to correct a problem — not create one. Unfortunately, surgical errors are not as rare as they should be. One of the most common operating room mistakes is leaving objects behind in a patient.

At the law firm of Smith, Meier & Webb, LPA, in Springboro, Ohio, we understand the variety of traumatic consequences that can ensue from such medical negligence. Our mission is to help you seek the full and fair compensation you may deserve for your physical injuries, emotional trauma and other damages. Offering personal, one-on-one assistance from skilled lawyers, we are ready and waiting to help.

Five Sponges Before Surgery Should Equal Five Sponges Afterward

The American College of Surgeons recommends standardized counting procedures to make sure all surgical instruments are accounted for prior to closing the incision. The problem is that such counting procedures do not always happen, especially if the surgeon is in a hurry or if multiple surgical teams are operating at the same time.

According to the medical watchdog group The Joint Commission, more than 770 people have suffered from objects left behind after surgery in the past seven years. The numerous foreign objects that ended up in patients include:

  • Sponges
  • Towels
  • Scalpels
  • Wires
  • Staplers
  • Retractors
  • Forceps
  • Tubes
  • Needles
  • Broken instrument pieces

Get Help From A Highly Experienced Trial Lawyer

Medical malpractice cases are notoriously challenging. Hospitals and other medical facilities will go to great lengths to avoid liability. This is why cases involving surgical negligence require keen legal counsel and seasoned representation.

Our founding attorney, John D. Smith, has the extensive experience you need to fully develop your case and pursue compensation on your behalf. A veteran of more than 200 jury trials over the past three decades, he knows exactly what it takes to prepare a strong case. In addition, our law firm works with renowned medical experts to investigate and gather evidence.

Request A Free, No-Obligation Consultation

It costs you absolutely nothing to learn whether or not you may have a medical malpractice case. Simply call Smith, Meier & Webb, LPA, in Springboro at 937-557-0128 or 513-445-5017. You can also send us an email. We look forward to speaking with you.