Unintended retention of foreign objects (URFO) is far too common in the
United States. Every year, thousands of people go in for an operation,
only to later discover that their physician left a sponge, metal tool,
or other surgical object inside their body.
Post-surgical object retention can lead to a number of painful physical
symptoms. You may be experiencing the effects of an URFO if any of the
following are true:
- You have a fever greater than 101 degrees.
- The skin surrounding your incision is discolored, warm, or irritated.
- Your incision area is becoming swollen and sensitive.
- You experience worsening fatigue.
- Your stool changes dramatically in color or texture.
- Your incision re-opens and your stitches begin to rip.
- Your incision site is emitting an unpleasant odor.
- Your breathing has become labored.
- You are having difficulty eating or drinking without vomiting.
Other unpleasant symptoms will occur if you have, indeed, retained a surgical
object, including the need for corrective treatments, additional surgical
procedures, and/or death. Should this happen to you or someone you love,
it is imperative that you seek medical treatment as soon as you experience
symptoms and take measures to hold the offending doctor accountable for
the harm they have negligently inflicted upon you and/or your loved one.
Talk to an Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Philadelphia
Golomb & Honik, P.C. has proudly served Philadelphia for nearly 40 years, and we have handled
medical malpractice cases of all kinds. We understand the devastating
toll that retention of a surgical object can take on your life, and our
skilled, compassionate attorneys are here to help make it right.
We also know that no amount of compensation can reverse the physical effects
of retaining a surgical tool, our
Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help you recover the money you need to afford related treatments
and therapy, as well as make up for lost income, lost savings, etc.
Call (215) 278-4449 today or send us an email
to schedule a free, confidential case evaluation.