Here is a story you don’t hear everyday.  Dirk Schroeder was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had to undergo routine surgery.  He was told that his life expectancy was another 6 years from that point.  Unfortunately, the routine surgery did not go as planned because the surgeons had apparently left 16 different items inside his body during the operation, causing Schroeder excruciating pain for months.  According to a news source, the nurse “saw a huge gauze pad sticking out from his wound.”

16 Items Left in Patient’s Body:

  • Needle
  • A six-inch roll of bandage
  • Supplies
  • A six-inch long compress
  • A fragment of surgical mask
  • Several swabs

Schroeder’s died from the cancer last year.  His family is now suing the hospital for £80,000 in damages.

According to medical expert, Annette Corinth, “there has been gross negligence here which most probably had led to complications and possibly a quicker death.”  Corinth further stated that she hopes the hospital will settle because “the family are prepared to go all the way and sue in court.”

What is Negligence?

Negligence is considered a civil offense or a tort. If you’ve been harmed by someone else’s negligence, you should consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

What is Medical Negligence?

In order to prevail in a case for medical negligence, the plaintiff must be able to prove the 4 elements of negligence.  (1) Duty Owed by the Health Care Provider,
(2) the Health Care Provider Breached that Duty of Care
(3) The Damage to the Plaintiff was Caused by the Health Care Provider, and (4) Plaintiff was Damaged.  When a medical provider fails to meet the standard of care as required by law, and the patient is harmed by the health care providers negligence, a medical malpractice lawyer can help the patient recover those damages.