Nield Law Group, APC
760-232-4021 (local)
800-827-1458 (toll free)

Wrong rib removed, metal coils left in patient in bizarre case

The bar is so high for medical professionals, and for good reason. Doctors, surgeons nurses -- they have to be held to a nearly-perfect standard because they work they due is incredibly intricate and highly dangerous for the patients. One mistake and the patient's life may never be the same, or even taken from them.

So, okay, they have a high standard. Maybe sometimes a medical professional misses that standard, but you can at least understand how they missed it, even though you know they still have to be held accountable for their actions. But the following story? You would be remiss for thinking it was invented given just how ridiculous it is. Sadly, though, it is true.

A woman who needed surgery on her eighth rib due to a lesion did indeed have a rib removed by her surgeon. But after the procedure was complete, she was still experiencing pain in her ribs, so another doctor gave her an x-ray and discovered something startling: the surgeon removed the wrong rib and the surgical team left a metal coil inside of her.

But something even more incredible happened after the discovery was made. The original surgeon tried to override the doctor's determination that a mistake was made, insisting instead that more of the (wrongly removed) rib just needed to be removed to ensure she was well.

The woman is suing the surgeon for his negligence, and given the evidence involved in this case, there appears to be a compelling case.

Source: Medical Daily, "Medical Malpractice Suit: Doctor Removes Wrong Rib During Surgery, Lies To Cover Up Mistake," Dana Dovey, March 25, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For a Response

Main Office - San Diego
Westlake Professional Center
679 Encinitas Blvd.
Suite 201
Encinitas, CA 92024

Phone: 760-232-4021
Fax: 760-942-9882
Encinitas Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
6033 W.Century Blvd
Suite 605
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Phone: 760-232-4021
Fax: 760-942-9882
Map & Directions

Central Valley Office
3741 Shaw Avenue
Suite 2005
Fresno, CA 93711

Map & Directions

Colorado Office
400 North Park Ave
Suite 10-B
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Map & Directions

San Francisco Office
1450 Sutter Street
Suite 103
San Francisco, CA 94109

Map & Directions

Desert/Inland Empire Office
60222 Angora Ct.
La Quinta, CA 92253

Map & Directions

800-827-1458 (Toll Free)
760-232-4021 (Phone)
760-942-9882 (Fax)