Objects Left in the Body After Surgery

When You Have Been Injured By a Surgical "Never Event"

It's called a surgical "never event" because it never should happen. Yet, approximately 39 times every week, a surgeon leaves an object in a patient's body. And most of the time, nobody knows it has occurred until the patient has already suffered serious consequences such as severe infections, organ removal and even death.

If you or your loved one has been injured from an object left in the body after surgery, there is no question that you have suffered medical malpractice. Contact an experienced Portland medical negligence attorney at Sokol & Foster by calling 503-575-9683. We offer free consultations to surgery malpractice clients in Oregon and Washington states.

Experienced Portland Medical Negligence Attorneys

At Sokol & Foster, we have decades of experience offering highly personalized legal help to clients facing difficult times. We will take the time to explain the process to you, return your calls promptly and let you know the steps we will take to recover compensation for you.

If you are the victim of a retained foreign object, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other economic and noneconomic losses you have suffered as a result of your surgeon's negligence. You may have a medical negligence claim against your surgeon as well as the hospital where your surgery occurred.

Surgical Sponges Left in Patients

Items left in the body after surgery can range from forceps to the more-frequent sponge. A surgical sponge left in a patient is an error that technology can prevent. Some hospitals use an electronic bar code system to scan objects before and after they are used in a patient's body. Unfortunately, many more hospitals have not installed this vital safety technology and instead use basic and human-error-prone counting methods.

Holding doctors and hospitals accountable for leaving surgical objects in a body after surgery is one of the only ways to get hospitals to recognize the issue and advance their technology.

Call Sokol & Foster for a Free Consultation: 503-575-9683

To speak with a medical negligence lawyer about your injuries or a loved one's death caused by an object left in the body after surgery, contact Sokol & Foster in Portland, Oregon, or Vancouver, Washington.