Forgotten Surgical Items

Forgotten Surgical Items

Handling Medical Mistakes in Schuylkill County

When health care providers miscount sponges and gauzes, or even instruments and needles, the "foreign body" may be left within a patient's abdomen or chest cavity following a surgical procedure. The medical field refers to such an instance as a foreign body or retained object. Our legal team at The Law Offices of Anthony Urban, P.C. believe the proper term is "forgotten" because without negligence by the surgical team, the object should not have been left inside. Our firm has extensive experience handling a wide array of medical mistakes, including those involving surgical items left in a patient. Surgical sponges and instruments are negligently left inside a patient’s body by mistake.

If you have suffered due to a surgical sponge or instrument was left inside your body following surgery, contact our firm.

Experienced Schuylkill County Legal Team

The most common forgotten objects are surgical sponges. Typically, a subsequent surgical procedure is required to remove the forgotten object where the patient risks further complications and worry. Our Schuylkill County medical malpractice attorney has more than 60 years of experience in the field of personal injury law. We can help to determine what steps to take in order to protect your rights and enlist the proper medical experts.

A few common scenarios we have represented include:

  • Patients may report pain and/or signs infection or even sepsis, following surgery, which after radiology films such as x-rays or MRI scans are taken, reveal the foreign body left inside.
  • Some patients may not report symptoms right away; sometimes these forgotten sponges may not cause problems for days, weeks, months, or even years after surgery.
  • The discovery of the foreign body may trigger the statute of limitations even if the surgical procedure was performed over two years before the discovery of the sponge or instrument.

Contact Our Medical Malpractice Lawyer Now

It is important to get in touch with our firm right away to evaluate your case. We need to review the medical records as soon as possible to look for incorrect counts of sponges or other instruments and start to build a case for you.

Call us now at (888) 268-0023 to set up your case consultation.


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