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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 - and incidents in which foreign objects are accidentally left in the body are more common than you might think
This can have very serious consequences for the patient, making it vital for those affected by this type of medical negligence to access legal advice and make a medical negligence claim as soon as possible. At JMW we have the experience and expertise to support you through every stage of this process and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Instruments used by medical professionals should never be left inside the patient's body, unless this was a planned part of the procedure. NHS guidelines dictate that all appliances used should be accounted for - both before the procedure and once it has been completed - in order to prevent this from happening.
Despite this, the act of a foreign body being accidentally left in the body - which is commonly known as a ‘retained foreign object’ - still sometimes 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, or even death. It is also necessary for patients to undergo another procedure to remove the offending item, causing even more stress and suffering for the individual in question.
If you have been affected by this distressing medical issue, the team of expert solicitors at JMW are on hand to guide you through every stage of the legal process, having successfully done so for countless other victims of medical negligence over the years.
Our team is highly regarded throughout the UK, and includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitor panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence. We are known for a professional, sympathetic approach and have won millions of pounds in compensation for a wide variety of clients.
The clinical negligence team at JMW includes members of both the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence and the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel. Headed by Eddie Jones, the team is among the most respected in the UK.