A man located in a different state recently asserted that a surgeon had failed to remove a wire from his body before sending him home from his procedure more than a decade ago. The man is now seeking to hold the surgeon accountable at a civil court trial. In the same way, individuals in West Virginia who suffer harm as a result of surgical errors can pursue monetary damages for their injuries.
The man who sued the surgeon for not removing a wire from his body asserted that the placement of the wire occurred during an angioplasty. Apparently, the wire was needed to guide a catheter in his body. Once the heart procedure was over, both the wire and the catheter should have been removed, but the wire was reportedly left in the man’s body.
The man claimed that, years after the procedure, he learned from an X-ray that the wire was positioned between the aorta and the thigh area. He did undergo surgery last year to remove the wire, but a large portion of it could not be removed. The man therefore filed the lawsuit, alleging negligence on the part of the first surgeon. The man asserted that the ordeal caused him to suffer emotional distress as well as to experience the loss of consortium.
Patients in West Virginia naturally expect their surgeons to exercise reasonable care when treating them. This, however, does not always happen. If patients end up suffering injuries due to surgical errors, it is within their rights to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim. An understanding of what facts need to be proved will most likely be required to succeed in such a case.