Sponge left behind in patient leads to wrongful death trial

Sponge left behind in patient leads to wrongful death trial

On Monday, a medical malpractice and wrongful death trial will begin in the case of a woman who died after a sponge was left inside her abdomen, legal news reports. According to the lawsuit, the woman was admitted to the hospital for surgery in 2009. Her surgery lasted 17 hours, during which several personnel shifts occurred. Despite allegedly counting sponges at the end of the surgery, the medical team left a laparotomy sponge in the woman's body. The sponge remained in the woman's body for nearly 7 months, including two failed attempts to remove it.

The wrongful death lawsuit seeks damages against the physicians, scrub technicians and other medical personnel.

Wrongful death lawsuits may be filed in those situations where an individual's (or group, organization, hospital, etc.) reckless or negligent conduct leads to the death of another. In a medical malpractice context, these lawsuits occur where the failure of a health care professional – such as a doctor, nurse or hospital staff – to meet the requisite standard of care for his or her position causes the death of a loved one. If you have questions concerning wrongful death lawsuits about medical malpractice, its crucial to consult with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice attorney right away.

Surgical errors – such as leaving in sponges, wrong site surgeries, medical equipment errors, and infections – can be range from causing a brief but not life-threatening injury or illness or as is alleged in this instance, a patient's death.

For more information or if you believe a loved one has been injured as the result of medical malpractice, please contact the knowledgeable and compassionate San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.


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