On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

It is good to be thorough when working in the medical industry. Failure to do so can result in patients being injured in Texas or in any other state. It seems that one surgeon may have failed to be thorough in a recent surgical procedure, which resulted in the patient experiencing significant pain. This has resulted in the widow of the patient suing the hospital for medical malpractice.

The widow of the patient filed the lawsuit against the hospital in early August, claiming that the surgeon left a sponge inside of her husband’s body, which resulted in the patient suffering from a severe infection. The surgical procedure was aimed at assessing the nature of plaque inside the patient’s abdomen. The surgeon had found a pool of blood inside the patient’s abdomen, which prompted him to pack the abdominal area with sponges.

The patient experienced significant amounts of extreme pain after the procedure. A subsequent CT scan showed that a foreign body had been left inside the patient’s body. A second procedure was performed to remove the sponge left after the first surgical procedure. The patient was diagnosed with life-threatening sepsis and kidney failure after the second procedure to remove the sponge.

Now the plaintiff will be looking to prepare for court in order to have the best chances of prevailing in the medical malpractice lawsuit. Just like in any other type of court proceeding, being able to apply the laws in Texas or any other state to the specific situation will be an integral part of a successful legal strategy. In the end, the judge will decide, based upon evidence and testimony, whether the plaintiff will prevail.

Source: The Louisiana Record, “Widow claims medical malpractice after sponge left in husband allegedly led to severe infection”, Kyle Barnett, Sept. 29, 2014