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Foreign objects left in patients and medical malpractice claims

In a previous blog post, we discussed how Illinois's statute of limitations on medical malpractice cases can affect your case. Generally, lawsuits seeking compensation from doctors or hospitals for injuries suffered during medical procedures are required to be filed within a two-year time frame from the date of injury. In most cases in which medical malpractice is alleged, those lawsuits will be dismissed if filed beyond the two-year "date of discovery". But what about patients with foreign objects left inside them following surgery?

In 2012, the venerated Johns Hopkins medical institution conducted a two decade review of malpractice claims that involved medical professionals leaving foreign objects inside patients. According to the research, U.S. surgeons leave for objects such as sponges or towels inside of patients approximately 39 times each week.

This is a frightening statistic when you consider that even a relatively routine surgical procedure may involve more than 50 individual medical instruments. Furthermore, not all of those instruments are going to be as soft and forgiving as sponges or towels. It is even conceivable that sharp objects such as clamps, surgical staples and suction tips, might eventually work themselves into puncturing vital organs or blood vessels.

You should not have to suffer quietly if it has been more than two years since your surgery, yet you suspect that a foreign object left inside of you may still be causing you harm. Our law firm would like you to know that we are experienced in medical injury litigation. Although based in downtown Chicago, we represent clients throughout Illinois, including Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will counties. We do not charge for initial consultation of your case, and we have Spanish speakers at every level of our organization.

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