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Surgical instruments left in patients can lead to wrongful deaths

Surgeries are sometimes scheduled out and routine. Other times a surgery may involve an emergency situation. No matter a person's reason for having surgery, they are putting their trust in medical professionals to complete the medical procedure with the lowest risk possible. However, sometimes surgeons and medical staff are not properly accounting for surgical equipment that is used, and it could be left inside a patient.

This can result in a severe medical complication. When a foreign object is left inside a person, their body might try to attack the object. This can result in infections and severe pain. A person might not know what is wrong until they return to the hospital.

If something is left inside a patient after surgery, they will likely require another surgery. All of these surgeries have risks, and one of the risks might be wrongful death. According to a recent report, nearly 800 surgical tools have been left in patients since 2005, and there have been 16 deaths linked to this type of medical malpractice.

When a family loses a loved one, they might face a wave of emotions. At the same time they might be trying to figure out how they will make ends meet. With medical bills coming due, and other monthly expenses, they might be unable to pay for the things that they need without their loved one's income. An experienced Houston personal injury attorney can help families who lose a loved one in a wrongful death situation to get compensation that they deserve.

Source: CBS News, "Nearly 800 surgical tools left in patients since 2005: Report," Ryan Jaslow, Oct. 18, 2013

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