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Woman Files Suit Against Jacksonville Hospital, Claiming Surgical Errors – Spinal Needle Remained in Her Back for 14 Years from Epidural Injection

Woman Files Suit Against Jacksonville Hospital Claiming Surgical Errors

According to a report from a local Jacksonville news outlet, a Jacksonville woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a naval hospital after discovering only months ago that a portion of a spinal needle was left in her back when she gave birth more than a decade ago.

This unfortunate incident is only a reminder of the many surgical errors that are committed at hospitals in Florida on a regular basis. These errors can result in lifelong pain and suffering, needless injuries and even death for many people. Some estimates have put the number of deaths caused by surgical mistakes at over 12,000 across the United States in any given year. These types of surgical errors are all too common and patients who have been the victim of a surgical error like a retained instrument should seek justice for their injuries

Amy Bright’s September 2003 Epidural Gone Wrong

In September 2003, Amy Bright delivered her youngest child at Jacksonville Naval Hospital. She had reported feeling chronic back pain to her doctors ever since, but the same naval hospital diagnosed her with sciatica. Sciatica is a condition in which a patient experiences leg pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness that begins in the lower back and then travels through the buttocks and down the back of each leg along the hamstring. The name comes from the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of the leg along the hamstring. However, a CT scan taken 13 years later at another healthcare facility reflected the real reason for Ms. Bright’s back pain over all those years-a three-centimeter segment of needle lodged in her spine. Upon further investigation by her attorney, this mystery coincided with a notation in her medical records from the naval hospital that an attempt to perform an epidural during the birth of her child in 2003 was unsuccessful. However, due to the fact that the spinal cord is such a vital structure with so many important functions, physicians have advised Ms. Bright she will have to live with the pain, as it is too risky to attempt to remove the needle fragment given its positioning.

Retained Foreign Instruments and Other Surgical Instruments in Medical Malpractice Cases in Florida

  Because surgical errors like leaving a spinal needle in a patient are unfortunately much more common than they should be in the Sunshine State today, Florida law has developed a presumption which requires a hospital or healthcare provider to prove they were not negligent when a foreign instrument like the needle fragment in Amy Bright’s case is left in a patient. This is the reverse of most medical malpractice cases, when it is the patient’s burden to prove that malpractice occurred. The law therefore has nonetheless evolved to recognize the danger and inherent risks associated with surgical procedures-errors that only physicians and other healthcare providers can prevent when a patient is often asleep.

Contact Lytal Reiter if You Have Been the Victim of a Surgical Error or Some Other Form of Medical Malpractice in Florida

The Florida medical malpractice attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have experience successfully litigating complicated medical malpractice cases. If you believe you have been the victim of a surgical error like Amy Bright, contact a Florida medical malpractice attorney from our firm. We are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call today at 561-655-1990 or (561) 655-1990 for a free consultation regarding your situation.

Surgical Error Attorneys in West Palm Beach

About Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath

Conveniently located in West Palm Beach for 27 years, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, LLP concentrates in Personal Injury, Wrongful death, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Auto accidents. At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we specialize in helping victims and their families get fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. Our main areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, and premise liability. We provide each client with the highest quality representation from a top Florida accident and injury lawyer. Call us at 561-655-1990 or Visit us at.

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath
515 N Flagler Dr, 10th Floor
West Palm Beach
Florida, FL 33401
(561) 655-1990

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Biomet Hip Replacement Device Recalled by FDA

The Law Firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath wants you to know that a report released Tuesday, November 27, 2018 on NBC’s Today Show indicates that the hip replacement device produced by Biomet has been recalled by the FDA.  But this comes years after research showed that the device could become harmful and possibly cause death in the patient a short time after surgery. “By 2015, regulators in Australia, Germany, and five other countries were already issuing warnings about the product. But in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees medical devices, was silent.”  The Olympic gold medal gymnast , Mary Lou Retton had the surgery and even became a spokesperson for the device but today suffers from the very same serious problems that many others are now facing.  Our law firm has been helping victims of medical malpractice for over thirty years. We have a department dedicated to specifically addressing this very issue.

If you or a loved one has had a hip replacement where the Biomet M2a device was used or another manufacturers device and are suffering from pain or other related issues caused by the device after surgery, we want you to call the West Palm Beach law office of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath at 561-655-1990 or inquire at anytime, 24 hrs. a day.  The call and consultation is FREE. Call today!

Drowsy Driving Accidents and the Holidays

Fatigue presents a serious safety issue for motorist during any season.  But much like drunk driving, driving accidents caused by drowsy drivers tend to spike around the time of major holidays. This is partially attributed to the fact that during the holiday season, more people travel longer distances or spend more time on local roads. In fact, Christmas and New Year’s following the Thanksgiving holidays are the top travel times for Americans. The average trip miles during Christmas and New Year’s is estimated at 275 compared with a national average of 261 miles for trips taken during the rest of the year. Read more

Pedestrian is Killed by Self-Driving Uber Car in Arizona

Pedestrian is Killed

A pedestrian wheeling a bicycle across the road was recently killed by an Uber self-driving vehicle in Arizona.  This was the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving vehicles in the United States.  Uber had been testing its self-driving vehicles in Arizona, California, Pennsylvania and Canada.  The company quickly suspended testing in all four locations shortly after the accident.  Read more