After undergoing a surgical procedure, you may have started to experience some strange, unusual symptoms that aren't typically the type of side effects a person would experience after undergoing such a procedure. If you weren't feeling well and were experiencing a lot of pain, you probably decided to go to the hospital for an examination to get to the bottom of the problem. During your stay in the hospital, you may have undergone a series of X-rays and scans to help the medical professionals get an idea of what was causing such pain when suddenly they noticed a medical instrument inside of your body that was left behind from your surgery.
If you suspect that your medical team did something wrong and caused you unnecessary pain, read on.
Understand it's Not a Common Practice
Although most surgeons and medical professionals are careful enough to check multiple times for any medical instruments before closing a patient after a surgery, some aren't as thorough and make the mistake of leaving something behind. Although it may not seem like a big deal to some people, it's a costly mistake that can cause a patient to experience all kinds of health issues, including nausea, stomach swelling, excruciating pain, and much more.
Even if it's not common, it's something that has happened to you. Now that you've had to endure pain caused by negligence, you're likely going to need to undergo additional procedures to have the medical instrument removed. It's an extra surgery you wouldn't have gone through if it weren't for a mistake made on behalf of the medical professionals you trusted.
Handling the Situation
So, what does someone do when they end up in such an unfortunate and unpleasant situation? The first thing you're going to need to do is take care of your health. The medical professionals at the hospital you've visited may schedule a surgery to remove the medical instrument and see to it that you receive the care you deserve.
Once you've taken care of your health, you should contact a lawyer who can help you build a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon and medical staff member who left the instrument inside of you. The purpose of filing such a lawsuit is to let these medical professionals know they're not going to get away with making such a serious mistake. The compensation you receive could cover medical expenses as well as all the money you've likely missed out on due to feeling so sick because of their negligence. It's easy to prove such a case when you have the medical records and images of the X-rays to back your statements up.
If a medical instrument was left inside of you during a surgical procedure, you may have experienced several horrible symptoms. Now that you know what caused those symptoms to appear, you're going to need to have the instrument removed and then file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Learn more about how to handle your case by reaching out to resources such as R.J. Marzella & Associates, P.C.