Hopefully the following incident has never happened to you or someone you know! Unfortunately, when medical professionals are performing procedures, surgical tools can get accidentally left inside of people. A few years ago, Attorney Stoehr settled a case where a surgical sponge was left inside a woman’s body. She has a prolonged period of pain that couldn’t be explained. After a while, the woman found out that a surgical sponge was left inside her head and had become infected! Another doctor found it during an exploratory surgery, hoping to find a way to relieve her pain, and immediately removed it. She missed a great deal of work and was very sick. Most commonly, sponges, forceps, scissors, and other surgical instruments are among the things that have been found left inside patients’ bodies post-surgery.
Surgery can be anxiety-provoking, even when it is a seemingly minor procedure. When surgery is serious, the risks increase as well. You do not want to have to worry on top of that about the possibility of sponges, instruments, and other surgical materials staying in your body when they should not be left behind. If this has happened to you or a loved one, and you have since become infected or have had other serious side effects, it may be time to consult with an attorney. Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer who takes cases for clients in the central and western Pennsylvania area. For more information on his firm or to schedule a consultation, please call his office at 814-515-9074.