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Connecticut man files suit after surgical sponge left in his body

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 14, 2013 in Surgical Errors

There are some mistakes that should never happen during surgery. In fact, they are so entirely preventable that they are referred to as "never events." Unfortunately, these types of mistakes are still made all the time and can have a serious and permanent effect on a patient. One of these "never events" involves leaving a surgical tool or instrument inside of a person during a procedure. Most often, it is a surgical sponge that is left behind and can do extreme damage to a person when they develop an infection.

In fact, the Connecticut Public Health Department reports that in 2011, there were 20 reports of doctors leaving an object in a patient in this state alone. One man went through this very type of traumatic event in 2010 after having surgery at a Connecticut hospital. He had a hernia operation which should have left him feeling much better, but because doctors had left a surgical sponge inside of him before closing him up, his condition only got worse. He has since filed a lawsuit against the hospital for the pain and suffering he endured as a result of the surgical error. If you have been injured by a surgical error contact one of the Connecticut personal injury attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi today for a free consultation. 

Reports indicate that the man developed a serious infection because of the foreign object left in his body. He experienced back pain, heart problems, bowel obstruction and other issues as a result of the infection. He needed more surgery to repair the damage and to remove the sponge. The man now has trouble leading an active life and his relationship with his wife has been negatively affected as well.

Instead of taking full responsibility for this negligence, the hospital apparently apologized for the error while giving the man a $24,000 bill for his medical care. Representatives for the hospital claim that they waived some of the charges that accumulated as a result of the man's injuries and gave him some cash in order to settle the matter.

However, the offerings of the hospital were far below what the man believes he deserves for everything he has been through as a result of the mistake. In his lawsuit, the man is requesting compensation of more than $15,000.

Source:, "Man claims hospital botched surgery," Amanda Cuda, March 11, 2013