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Foreign object from surgery prompts medical malpractice claim

Going under the knife can be understandably nerve-wracking for New York patients. Complications, inattentive staff and doctor errors can all cause serious injuries that carry life-long implications for victims. Many victims choose to pursue medical malpractice claims to address the physical, financial and mental toll that often accompany the aftermath of such injuries.

An out-of-state woman recently filed a medical malpractice suit after a surgeon stitched her up without removing a surgical tool in her abdomen. In April 2017, the 52-year-old women underwent surgery for a benign tumor and was discharged a short while later. However, she claims that the pain never went away after surgery -- it got worse. Weeks later, severe abdominal, back and kidney pain caused her to seek care in the emergency room.

Doctors at the ER determined that 8-inch long forceps had been left in her abdomen after surgery, and that part of her small intestines had gotten caught in its handle. Additional surgery was required to remove both the forceps and a length of her intestines. She is still recovering from both surgeries and will require additional care in the future.

Her medical malpractice lawsuit is not seeking a specific amount, but it does outline the extent of her future medical needs and notes the financial impact of her loss of earnings. Her husband's loss of support and comfort from her were also cited as a damage. When successfully pursued to completion -- which can involve either a settlement or jury decision -- New York victims can typically achieve the compensation necessary for their recovery.

Source:, "Doctors forgot to remove 8-inch long forceps after surgery, woman claims", Damon Arthur, Jan. 4, 2018

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