Man left in agony due to foreign object is familiar scenario for medical negligence solicitors
Today the Daily Mail reported that a Birmingham cancer patient endured months of agony after surgeons left an 18 inch swab inside his body.
Ian Smith reportedly lost three stone in weight after doctors failed to notice he had an infection and it was only when a district nurse spotted a piece of plastic sticking out of a wound that the foreign object was discovered. According to the Daily Mail, Sandwell Hospital has apologised to Mr Smith, who should now be in line for a compensation pay-out after pursuing a medical negligence claim.
It's a scenario that is sadly familiar for the clinical negligence solicitors at JMW as we have represented patients who have suffered years of misery due to medical equipment being left in their body following surgery.
The presence of foreign objects can have a terrible effect on a person's health and can cause operation wounds to become badly infected, leaving patients in constant agony and unable to leave the house or work.
As well as the horrendous physical impact, patients can be caused great emotional anguish from the ongoing treatment they require and the very poor quality of life they now have. Add the distress of knowing that an object has been found inside of them and victims can find themselves battling other issues such as depression.
Some patients will never fully recover from their ordeal and will require special care long after the foreign object is removed. This, coupled with the great losses they have faced, means it is important they challenge the poor care they suffered so they can receive the compensation that will help them to cope.