Just last week, a woman in Pennsylvania was awarded $500,000 in her medical malpractice lawsuit. The woman sued Lower Bucks Hospital, Dr. Richard Turner, and nurses Megan Blatcher and Laura Tedesco, for an incident stemming from 2004. The lawsuit claimed that the aforementioned medical professionals acted negligently by leaving a laparotomy sponge inside of the woman, after her cesarean section had been completed. As a Weston Medical Malpractice Lawyer, I understand these types of cases and how painful they can be for the victim. This poor woman experienced a variety of afflictions before doctors figured out what the problem was.
According to the complaint, the sponge was not discovered until two months after the cesarean section. The woman claimed to suffer from abdominal pains, a severe infection, bowel perforation, bowel obstruction and digestive problems. From the perspective of a Weston Injury Attorney, that is already a serious amount of trauma, however, the problems listed above were not the totality of her issues. She also had to undergo surgery to remove sixteen inches of her small bowel.
Moreover, the lawsuit alleged that the nurses failed to do a proper count of the medical equipment both during and after the surgery. As a result, the jury found the nurses and the hospital liable, but not the doctor. As a Weston Medical Malpractice Attorney, this isn’t the first time I’ve heard about cases like this one, but that doesn’t discount the severity of this type of negligence. In the most extreme cases, leaving a surgical instrument inside of a patient can have potentially fatal consequences. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case with this incident, although the woman did suffer an unreasonable and unfair amount of pain.
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