Surgeries can be scary things for patients, as there are always risks which go along with these types of invasive procedures. Thus, it is important for medical professionals who are involved in surgeries to not commit negligent actions during these procedures which would unnecessarily expose patients to additional risks or harms.
Recently, a medical negligence case involving a surgery has arisen in West Virginia. The case involves a man who was in a car accident in 2005. The accident reportedly caused a fracture on the man’s pelvis. Four days after the accident occurred, the man underwent a surgical procedure related to the fracture at a hospital. The man claims that during this surgery, a portion of silicone tubing was left inside him.
The man reportedly suffered from pain and infections for years after the surgery. Then, in 2009, the silicone tubing was reportedly discovered. The man underwent a surgery to have the tubing removed.
The man has now brought a lawsuit against the organization which operated the hospital where the 2005 procedure occurred. The man claims that negligence by the hospital and its staff led to the tubing being left inside him.
As the allegations in this case illustrate, a patient can experience harm when surgical staff negligently allow equipment to be unintentionally left inside of him or her. Thus, it is very important for hospitals to do everything they reasonably can to try to prevent this type of error, such as establishing procedures aimed at ensuring that all medical equipment used during a surgery is accounted for.
Source: The West Virginia Record, “Lincoln Co. man sues WVU Hospitals for negligence,” Kyla Asbury, 31 March 2011