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Retained Foreign Objects Claims
While most surgical procedures are performed correctly and achieve their intended aims, mistakes can unfortunately still happen, including leaving foreign objects in the body.
As an NHS ‘never event’, foreign objects that are left in the body can have very serious consequences for the patient, making it vital that those affected by this type of medical negligence seek legal advice to make a compensation claim as soon as possible. At JMW, we have the experience and expertise to support you through every stage of this process to help you achieve the best possible outcome.
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The team of expert solicitors at JMW, led by Eddie Jones, are on hand to guide you through every stage of the legal process, having successfully done so for countless other victims of medical negligence.
Our clinical negligence solicitors are highly-regarded throughout the UK, and members of the team are on the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Law Society’s specialist panel of medical negligence solicitors. We are known for a professional, sympathetic approach and have won millions of pounds in compensation for a wide variety of clients.
Reasons for Making a Claim for Foreign Objects Left in the Body
Instruments used by medical professionals should never be left inside the patient’s body, unless this was a planned part of the procedure. In order to prevent this from happening, NHS guidelines dictate that all equipment used should be accounted for before the procedure and once an operation has been completed.
Despite this, the act of a foreign object being accidentally left in the body still occurs, with scalpels, pads, gauze and clamps among the items that are most commonly retained.
The consequences of a foreign object being unintentionally left in the body can be wide and varied, including severe infections, extreme pain and discomfort and, in some cases, death. Having a foreign object retained in the body also means patients are required to undergo another procedure to remove the offending item, causing even more stress and suffering for the individual in question.
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Having a medical instrument inadvertently left in your body is something nobody should have to endure, so if you’ve been affected by this issue call us on 0345 872 6666, or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch with you shortly.