When individuals are faced with medical issues, they may need to make several trips to the doctor and undergo multiple procedures in order for their physicians to determine the exact problems. Unfortunately, some actions performed by surgeons or other medical staff may result in additional issues for the patient. For instance, a foreign object left in the body could easily cause complications.
New Jersey residents may be interested in this type of situation that recently occurred in another state. Reports indicated that a woman underwent an exploratory surgery to have a benign tumor removed. After her surgery, the woman complained of experiencing pain in her back and abdomen. As a result, she went to the emergency room, and it was discovered that forceps had been left inside her during the initial surgery.
This issue resulted in her having to have 18 inches of her small intestine removed due to its going through the handle of the forceps. The woman will need additional medical attention as she recovers from the surgeries. Due to this medical mistake, the woman has filed a lawsuit against the hospital where the surgery was performed and one doctor.
As this case shows, a foreign object left in the body can easily cause serious issues and present the need for additional medical procedures. If New Jersey patients have been the victims of such negligence, they may find it in their best interests to determine whether taking legal action could suit their needs. Information on medical malpractice claims may help them during the decision-making process.
Source: redding.com, "Susanville woman says forceps left in her after surgery at Shasta Regional Medical Center", Damon Arthur, Dec. 31, 2017