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Oklahoma Surgical Errors Lawyers: Surgical Implements Left Inside the Patient

If you were injured after a surgical tool or implement was left inside your body during surgery, you may be entitled to financial compensation for all of the expenses that follow. Contact a lawyer from Abel Law Firm today at to learn more about how we can help you recover the money you need and deserve.

When you go to the hospital for a surgery or to give birth, you should be able to trust that the doctors, nurses, and all other medical staff involved in your procedure will treat your body with care. Unfortunately, negligence in the operating room is all too common. Sometimes, due to an oversight or an emergency procedure taking place, surgical tools like needles, gauze, or even scalpels can be left inside the body. Occasionally, these problems will go undetected for years, but sometimes they will cause extreme discomfort or become infected, posing dangerous risks to your health.

What results is a whole new round of medical treatment leading to high medical bills, long hospital stays, and time away from work while medical staff work to repair the mistakes that could have been avoided. If you have suffered as a result of surgical implements being left in your body after a procedure, you deserve justice and financial compensation from the people who harmed you. Contact Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046 to schedule a free consultation with an Oklahoma surgical error attorney.

Do I Need A Surgical Error Lawyer?

Having a lawyer on your side who has a deep understanding of the laws involved in surgical error cases will be invaluable in your claim. Often, there are many factors and multiple parties involved in medical malpractice cases, and you want to make sure you have the help of someone who has experience winning cases just like yours. The legal process can become a complicated and tiresome journey quickly if you choose to tackle the case on your own. If you have been suffering from a surgical error that left surgical implements inside your body, you are probably in pain and should focus on your recovery. When you trust an experienced lawyer to build your case and defend your rights, you will be able to put your efforts into getting well so that you can feel like yourself again while your lawyer handles the legalities. With a lawyer on your side, you are likely to recover far more money than you would trying to handle your case on your own, and with far less stress.

Why Choose Abel Law Firm To Handle My Case?

The six practicing attorneys at Abel Law Firm have 130 years of combined experience and have dedicated their careers to helping personal injury victims all around Oklahoma. We’re proud of the trust the community has placed in us, and we continue to work hard to defend their rights. We are here to make your case as strong as possible and fight for your right to financial compensation after a surgical error caused you to suffer. We understand that this breach of trust by your medical professional — the person who was supposed to make you better —  can have serious consequences. Whether you have been saddled with escalating medical expenses to resolve a problem that should not have occurred in the first place, are battling the insurance company to help pay for it, or are having to take off work in order to recover, our lawyers believe you should not have to shoulder this burden alone. You deserve compensation for a medical professional’s negligence, and we are dedicated to obtaining that compensation for you.

Cases We Handle

Most people expect their surgeries to be handled carefully and professionally by all of the medical staff involved in the procedure. It is fair to expect that any complication following surgery will not be caused by foreign objects being left in the patient’s body, but unfortunately, it happens. Surgeons can use hundreds of tools during any given procedure, and there is a whole team responsible for your care in the operating room. Pure carelessness is a major contributing factor in this type of surgical error. However, these errors can also be accelerated by high pressures in the operating room during a difficult surgery, an emergency procedure, or a sudden change in the plan of operation. Some tools most commonly left inside patients during surgery include:

  • Scalpels
  • Scissors
  • Sponges
  • Forceps
  • Needles
  • Towels
  • Drain tips
  • Clamps
  • Tweezers
  • Scopes
  • Surgical masks
  • Surgical gloves

The most common scenario occurs when small surgical tools, such as needles, or other items that easily blend in with the skin, like gauze or sponges, are hidden in the body. These items are more easily concealed in body parts which bleed more than others in surgery, namely the chest, abdomen, and the vagina (during childbirth).

The consequences of leaving these tools in the body can vary. Infection is most common, and symptoms, such as fever, pain, swelling, internal bleeding, and digestive problems can arise. Objects that are left behind can also be dangerous to other nearby organs and can pose immediate risks to your health if not detected, leading to longer stays in the hospital and, inevitably, another expensive surgery to recover what was left behind initially. All of these consequences are completely preventable, so it should not be your responsibility to face the expensive medical bills that followed someone else’s carelessness with your health. A lawyer can help you recover money to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other costs.

Contact a Lawyer Today

Careless medical professionals should be held accountable for their mistakes. If you or someone you love has suffered when a surgical implement was left inside the body, the negligent parties must be held responsible. You deserve compensation for your suffering, and an attorney can help you get it. The surgical error lawyers at Abel Law Firm are dedicated to securing your financial future and holding irresponsible medical professionals liable for their mistakes. Talk to one of our lawyers to discuss the details of your case and how our help can ensure its success. Contact us at (405) 239-7046 today for a free consultation.

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