A Texas Surgeon Left a Foreign Object Inside Me – Do I Have a Case?

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retained foreign objects
Legally reviewed by:
Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
November 8, 2022

According to a study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, foreign objects are left inside patients during medical procedures as many as 40 times per week. This is a staggering number, and though it may seem unbelievable, if it’s happened to you or a loved one, you’re most likely looking to take action. Our firm is here to help. Read on and speak with a seasoned Houston, Texas retained foreign objects lawyer from Davis & Davis today to learn more about what we can do for you.

What is a retained foreign object in Texas?

Essentially, a retained foreign object is when a medical professional either intentionally or accidentally leaves a medical instrument in a patient’s body. Some commonly-retained foreign objects are as follows:

  • Sponges
  • Retractors
  • Caps
  • Clamps
  • Gauze
  • Scissors
  • Towels

What happens if I have a retained foreign object?

When patients retain foreign objects, it can open them up to a whole host of medical issues, some of which may even be fatal. Just some common outcomes of leaving foreign objects, such as surgical instruments, in a patient’s body can include infections, organ punctures, internal bleeding, coughing up blood, vomiting, recurring pain, and more.

What should I do if I think I may have retained a foreign object?

It is important you get checked out by a doctor if you have concerns following your surgery. A doctor can assess the circumstances of your injury and determine the best course of action going forward to hopefully remedy the issue. You should also note that you do not have to see the same doctor who caused your injury. If you did, indeed, retain a foreign object during your initial surgery, you likely have valid grounds to sue. A seasoned Houston, Texas surgical error lawyer from our firm is here to help. Contact us today to discuss your rights and responsibilities.

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If you or a loved one suffered from medical malpractice, contact the law firm of Davis & Davis today for a free consultation.

John A. Davis, Jr.


John A. Davis, Jr. and Steven R. Davis

November 8 2022

Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr. are experienced attorneys at Davis & Davis, a law firm that specializes in medical malpractice cases in Texas. With a deep commitment to justice that guides their ethical approach, Davis and Davis have dedicated their careers to helping victims of medical negligence. They and their team continue to advocate for clients, despite the challenges posed by Texas's cap on recoverable damages in malpractice lawsuits. Davis & Davis pride themselves on their extensive experience in the field and their readiness to meet clients across the United States.

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