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Lawsuit claims foreign object left inside patient caused injuries

Most New Jersey patients are aware that, while often necessary, beneficial and even life-saving, surgery can be dangerous. Even with the most experienced and highly trained surgeons, surgical procedures always carry some degree of unavoidable risk. What is avoidable, though, is the issue of careless surgical errors that should never happen, such as a foreign object left behind in the patient's body.

There are supposed to be safeguards in place to ensure that things like this never happen, that all surgical instruments are accounted for. Unfortunately, so-called professionals may grow lazy or overconfident and not follow the protocols that are there for a reason. When incidents like this occur, it is the patient who ends up suffering, such as in a recent case in another state.

A patient is suing both a doctor and two medical facilities on the grounds that they took insufficient measures to prevent injuries. The plaintiff complains that the defendants failed to provide him with proper medical care when they did not retrieve a surgical towel from inside his body during the operation. As a result, the patient alleges that he suffered serious physical injuries.

The lawsuit seeks a judgment against the defendants in excess of $50,000. A foreign object left inside a patient's body following surgery often results in a number of issues: not only does the patient suffer physically and even mentally, but additional medical expenses are incurred as subsequent procedures are required to address the issue. Any residents of New Jersey who have similarly suffered due to surgical negligence have the right to discuss their situation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can offer counsel and ongoing support in cases where fighting for monetary compensation for their suffering and resultant expenses may be an option.

Source: cookcountyrecord.com, "St. Alexius Medical Center, others accused of botching surgery", Louie Torres, Oct. 11, 2017

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