The most common incidence of medical malpractice often involves the retained surgical objects after a surgery. We are not privy to what goes on in an operating room during surgery, but we place our complete trust in the group of doctors and nurses who oversee the extensive surgery. We trust that they have performed this surgery dozens of times before and that there are several different checkpoints set up to ensure everything continues on schedule – including no objects left inside an open patient. A surgical object left inside a patient can have devastating consequences. If you suspect an object was left behind during a surgical procedure, contact an aggressive Richmond retained surgical object lawyer at Christina Pendleton & Associates to discuss your available legal options.
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Retained Surgical Objects
The thought of retained objects during surgery is one of the most frightening aspects of surgery itself. The horror stories are seemingly never-ending of a situation where an individual woke up from surgery with a sponge inside their stomach. Objects which are left inside a patient can cause serious damage to the internal structure of the body and can lead to long-lasting injuries, even if they are quickly removed. Individuals who have had this happen to them only recently came out of surgery, and often have to be rushed directly back in which is a further strain on the body. Elderly individuals often cannot handle multiple surgeries in a short time-span and a secondary surgery could have a significant impact on their quality of life.
Medical professionals are held to a heightened standard of care than the ordinary individual. Therefore, any breach of this standard of care could lead to a claim for damages upon any resulting injuries. For more information regarding your specific case, reach our to a dedicated Richmond retained surgical object lawyer at our firm.
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Medical Malpractice Claims
Medical malpractice claims, including retained surgical objects, are unfortunately capped in Virginia in an amount of $2 million. This number has increased in recent years but remains low when you consider states that do not have a cap. However, individuals can still bring a claim for damage against the responsible individual or hospital system which includes the following:
- Medical expenses (after the incident)
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
Many of these damages will need to be carefully calculated by an experienced Richmond medical malpractice lawyer. Individuals who were sick enough to require surgery will often have already prepared for weeks without work and medical bills. An attorney will need to be able to split these amounts between what the typical patient would have paid and what the added cost was as a result of the injury.
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Consult a Richmond Retained Surgical Object Attorney Today
If you or a loved one have experienced a surgical procedure that resulted in an object left inside you, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at the Richmond, VA law firm of Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our personal injury lawyers in Richmond have years of experience in assisting clients with their personal injury and medical malpractice claims. Medical professionals so often think they are above any legal repercussions for their actions. While your damages may be capped at a state-mandated amount, you can still bring a claim against the responsible party for the punitive damages and to ensure a future patient is not similarly impacted. Contact us to schedule your free initial consultation.
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