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Dental appliance leads to possible hospital negligence

Personal accidents happen on a regular basis in New Jersey. They can range from accidentally tripping over the cat to accidentally swallowing an unintended object. Many times, these accidents are minor and require no medical treatment; however, some are more involved and do require medical assistance. In seeking such assistance, it is generally assumed that hospital negligence will not add to the problem that already exists.

In 2011, a woman apparently accidentally swallowed something that she later discovered was a dental appliance. In an effort to take care of the problem, she sought treatment at her local emergency room. She has now filed suit against the doctor and hospital claiming that while performing surgery to remove the item, they cut her esophagus. In addition to the damage to her esophagus, the woman claims that the hospital and doctor did not use an appropriate device to remove the item throughout the surgery. Furthermore, she asserts that she was not informed of the risks involved with this type of surgery.

There is always some degree of risk associated with any surgery. For this reason, it is important that the patient be notified of possible complications and risks. Additionally, each type of surgery has specific instruments that are necessary to safely perform the surgery. When these instruments are not properly used, there could be complications.

New Jersey residents who believe that they have become victim to hospital negligence will want to discuss the situation with an experienced attorney. After reviewing the circumstances, a determination of the proper course of action can be made. It is possible that a claim for hospital negligence may be the appropriate solution.

Source:, "Doctor, Good Samaritan Hospital sued by woman alleging procedure perforated her esophagus", Louie Torres, Dec. 12, 2016

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