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Steven R. Davis and John A. Davis, Jr.
June 11, 2024
A Brief Summary of the Following Page

  • Never Events: “Never events” refer to severe, preventable mistakes in healthcare, like surgical instruments left inside a patient, highlighting significant safety breaches and legal concerns.
  • Consequences of Retained Objects: Retained surgical items can cause serious health issues, necessitating additional surgeries and potentially leading to infections, organ damage, and significant emotional distress.
  • Legal Process: A medical malpractice attorney helps by gathering evidence, filing claims within legal deadlines, and managing the complex legal proceedings, allowing patients to focus on recovery.
  • Law Firm Advocacy: Davis & Davis aggressively negotiates and litigates to secure appropriate settlements for damages such as medical costs and lost wages, emphasizing our commitment to justice for victims of medical malpractice.
  • To see how we can best help your unique case today, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation through our contact form or by calling our office directly at (888) 522-9444.

Almost every surgery requires sponges, surgical clamps, and other instruments. Surgeons and other medical professionals are required to follow strict protocols and procedures to ensure safety. Sadly, these protocols are too often not followed. When they are not, items are left frequently behind in the body. It goes without saying these can produce injurious consequences including illness, postoperative infection, or organ damage.

Foreign objects can be left anywhere in the body and may even stick to body parts, including the abdomen or bowel. These cases often require further intensive medical interventions, including more complex surgeries. If you or a family member has been injured due to a retained foreign object in surgery, contact a Houston, Texas lawyer to learn more about this type of surgical negligence and how Davis & Davis can help you recover your rightful compensation via a medical malpractice claim.

Understanding “Never Events” 

“Never events” are serious, largely preventable incidents which should never happen in the healthcare setting. The term was first introduced by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and includes egregious errors such as surgical instruments being left inside a patient’s body after surgery. These events are considered unacceptable because they are typically avoidable through the proper use of safety protocols and checks. These incidents not only cause significant harm and distress to patients but also raise serious legal and ethical concerns.

Our firm at Davis & Davis is specifically focused on handling cases involving retained foreign objects, providing legal support to victims of these medical oversights. The consequences of such errors can be severe, ranging from infections and internal damage to prolonged or additional surgeries and significant emotional trauma. Legal intervention is crucial not only for compensating the affected individuals but also for enforcing accountability and prompting improvements in medical practices to prevent future occurrences.

How a Dedicated Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help

While you focus on recovering from your injury, our team will immediately get to work on the following time-sensitive and pivotal aspects of your case:

Gather Evidence

The team at Davis & Davis understands the foundation of any successful medical malpractice case lies in solid evidence. We begin by conducting a thorough investigation into your medical history and the circumstances surrounding your treatment. This involves collecting all relevant medical records, surgical reports, and imaging studies. 

We also consult with medical experts who can provide insights into the standard of care you should have received and identify where your healthcare providers failed. Our meticulous approach ensures every piece of evidence is carefully examined to build a compelling case on your behalf.

File Your Claim

Navigating the complexities of medical malpractice claims can be overwhelming, which is why our team is dedicated to managing the entire process for you. We handle all the necessary legal documentation, ensuring your claim is filed correctly and within Texas’s strict time limits. Currently, Texas has a two-year statute of limitations deadline for filing a medical malpractice claim. This is either from the date of the injury or the date of reasonable discovery. 

Our knowledge of malpractice law allows us to anticipate and counteract any challenges which might arise, making the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you. By taking care of these legal burdens, we allow you to focus on your recovery and healing.

Fight for a Worthy Settlement

At Davis & Davis, we are committed to advocating for your rights and securing a settlement which truly reflects the gravity of your suffering and losses. We negotiate aggressively with healthcare providers and their insurance companies to ensure you receive fair compensation for the damages you have endured, whether it is additional medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering. 

If a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, we are fully prepared to represent you in court, fighting tirelessly to achieve the justice you deserve.

Contact a Retained Foreign Objects Attorney To Begin Your Claim Today

If you or a family member has been injured due to surgical errors at a Texas hospital, contact an experienced Houston, Texas retained foreign objects lawyer from Davis & Davis today for a free consultation. We understand just how stressful this moment in time can be, which is why you have our pledge to fight tooth and nail to recover the compensation you deserve as quickly as we can.

Nobody deserves to suffer the emotional and physical anguish of a never event. To see how we can best help your unique case today, please don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation through our contact form or by calling our office directly at (888) 522-9444. Davis & Davis proudly accepts referrals from Texas attorneys and law firms nationwide.

John A. Davis, Jr.


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

June 11 2024

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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