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Surgical tools left in patients can lead to wrongful death

When a person visits their doctor, they place their trust in that professional and hope that the doctor is focused on their care and not distracted with other tasks. The attentiveness of a doctor is even more important during a surgical procedure. During these procedures, no matter how routine, there is risk of infection that might come with any surgery. Additionally, human error can occur, putting a patient at an increased risk while under the knife.

Patients should be focused on their well being and their recovery, not whether or not a doctor is doing a good job. However, according to a recent study, surgical mistakes in the form of leaving instruments inside of patients might be more common that a person might think.

According to a recent report, nearly 800 people have been the victims of surgical mistakes where medical staff have failed to remove all the surgical equipment from their bodies. In 16 cases, people have suffered from wrongful deaths as a result of these mistakes.

Losing a loved one after a surgical procedure can be very emotional. The emotions might be even more difficult to deal with when a family finds out that their loved one's life could have been saved if a surgeon or medical staff had properly monitored the equipment that was used throughout the procedure.

An experienced West Virginia attorney can help a family understand their rights after losing a family member in a potential wrongful death case. They can advocate for the family's best interests and ensure they receive compensation to help pay for expenses.

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

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