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Ohio woman wins surgical negligence lawsuit

Posted on October 25th, 2012 No Comments

A 43 year-old Painesville, Ohio woman was awarded $910,000 by a jury after a 24 inch by 12 inch surgical towel was left inside her abdomen during surgery in 2009. The woman filed the medical malpractice lawsuit against her surgeon and the hospital, which the jury found equally guilty of negligence. According to the News-Herald, the towel went undiscovered for five months until she went in for another surgery.

The lawsuit states that the victim was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 and went in to surgery that summer to have her colon resectioned. The towel was left inside of her during this surgery and not removed until November when she had to get two-thirds of her bowels removed. An expert on the case says the towel damaged her bowels and made it difficult for her to eat certain foods, caused frequent bowel movements, and prevented her from leaving the house.

Her attorney says her cancer was found early and treated, but the damage from the towel will leave her with permanent suffering. She was awarded nearly a million dollars for her pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages. The hospital and physician have decided to pay the verdict rather than appeal.

If you have been a victim of a surgical error, such as a physician leaving a foreign object in your body, you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and receive compensation for your pain and suffering. A medical malpractice attorney can help you bring the negligent hospital or surgeon to justice and obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

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