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Woman Discovers Needle in Spine 14 Years After Medical Procedure

Unfortunately, medical malpractice affects countless patients in Florida and throughout the country every year. In some cases, medical professionals make minor mistakes that do not vastly hinder a patient’s recovery. In other cases, however, the error of a medical professional can be significant leading to lifetime injury. If you have been injured because of a medical professional’s negligence, you need to reach out to a reliable Miami medical malpractice attorney without delay. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we understand how to handle these complex cases.

An Illinois woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Florida hospital for allegedly leaving a three-centimeter broken needle in her spine during a C-section 14 years ago and then covering up the error. The lawsuit claims that the patient was not informed that during the attempted spinal anesthesia a large piece of the needle had broken off into her back where it remained stuck. After years of medical treatment for leg and back pain, the 42-year-old mother of six discovered the needle through a CT scan last year. The needle was touching the nerve that leads to the woman’s left leg, causing severe nerve injury that reportedly impacts her lower back, left hip and left foot.

Liability for Foreign Objects Left in Body During Surgery

When a foreign object is left in the body during surgery, you may need additional surgery to remove the object, which carries its own risk. There may also be pain and damage to internal organs. The foreign object may also lead to serious, even deadly infections. In addition to all the health risks, dealing with a foreign object in the body can be extremely time consuming and costly.

Fortunately, Florida law allows victims of medical malpractice to recover compensation for various costs, such as medical expenses, lost wages, disability and more through a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional causes injury or death by failing to adhere to the standard of care (i.e., the level of care and caution that a medical professional in the same specialty would use under the same or similar circumstances). In short, it is not only important to establish that the medical professional made a mistake or provided substandard care, it is also imperative to show that the medical professional’s conduct was a direct and proximate cause of the patient’s harm.

Seasoned Miami Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical injuries can lead to devastating harm, even death. If a medical professional left a foreign object in your body during surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami medical malpractice attorneys will promptly review your medical records and consult with knowledgeable experts to build the strongest possible case on your behalf. You can rest assured that we are committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for the harm that they cause. Time is of the essence in these cases so it is vital to act quickly. For more insight about your case, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or reach out to us online today.

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