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Left-Behind Surgical Instruments: A Dangerous Type of Ohio Medical Malpractice

Mellino Law Firm

A Cleveland medical malpractice attorney can tell you that one of the most painful and serious types of medical malpractice occur when a surgical instrument is left behind in a patient. If you or a loved one suffered from a doctor’s negligence in this way, you could be eligible to file a malpractice claim. Ohio lawyers are experienced in proving medical malpractice and could help you win a case where medical equipment was forgotten.

Types of Surgical Equipment That Could Get Left Behind

You will often see a malpractice claim that involves the leaving behind of:

  • needles;
  • knife blades;
  • safety pins;
  • clamps;
  • sponges;
  • towels; and
  • tweezers.

Sponges are usually the most common objects left behind.

The Consequence of a Left-Behind Surgical Instrument

The dangers of a left-behind tool can be extremely traumatic and even life threatening. Ohio lawyers have seen cases in which these objects puncture vital organs and blood vessels, create infections and fuse themselves into bodily tissues. All of these outcomes can cause great pain and discomfort to the patient.

What should I do if a medical tool was left behind after surgery?

If it is discovered that you have been living with a surgical instrument left inside of you, you should contact us immediately to file a malpractice claim. Proving medical malpractice should not be difficult — this type of error is very obvious once it is discovered.


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