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Foreign object left behind presents serious medical issues

Numerous people undergo much-needed medical procedures every day. Though some surgeries and other treatments may seem commonplace, there is still a chance for errors to occur. For many New Jersey residents, the fear of having a foreign object left behind after a procedure could be very real. Unfortunately, this type of event is more common than many might expect.

For instance, this type of situation negatively affected one man in another state. It was reported that the man was a veteran and had gone to a VA hospital in order to seek treatment for diabetes-related issues, including poor circulation. While at the hospital, he underwent a surgery for repairing blood vessels, and somehow, a 10-inch piece of plastic catheter packaging was left in the man's leg.

Three weeks later, the man had to have the same leg amputated. It was at that time that medical staff found the plastic tubing in the leg. It was unclear whether this foreign object directly contributed to the man's need for the amputation. Nonetheless, this medical error could have caused the man considerable problems, and he may have reason to take legal action as a result.

Having a foreign object left in a person's body could lead to a variety of severe complications, including infections or even death. As this case shows, the error may not even be noticed until it has been present for a considerable amount of time. If New Jersey residents have suffered negative effects due to such a mistake, they may wish to speak with experienced about potentially filing medical malpractice claims for compensation.

Source: USA Today, "Exclusive: Botched surgery, delayed diagnosis at a one-star 'house of horrors' VA hospital", Donovan Slack and Jake Lowary, Sept. 7, 2017

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