An Army veteran has filed a malpractice lawsuit with the Department Veterans Affair after the doctors discovered during a routine investigation that the man had a scalpel lodged in his abdomen. The man underwent surgery in 2013 and again in 2017 to have the surgical instrument removed from his abdomen.
Vet Bent on Filing Malpractice Lawsuit Against VA Hospital Surgeon
Back in 2013, Glenford Turner, an Army veteran, was compelled to seek medical attention and turned to the West Haven VA Hospital. The doctors decided to operate on Turner and on the 30th of August 2013, the vet had a laparoscopic prostatectomy assisted by a robot.
However, years after the surgical intervention, Turner complained of severe abdominal pains and, again, sought medical attention. During the man’s MRI scans, the doctors managed to identify the origin of the man’s abdominal pain – a scalpel lodged inside his abdomen, facts corroborated by X-Ray scans as well.
On the 29th of March 2017, Turner went under for the second time to have the instrument removed from his abdomen. The surgery was unproblematic, his doctors safely removing the scalpel.
Joel Faxon, Turner’s attorney, declared that after the initial surgery, his clients experienced bouts of dizziness and had long-term abdominal pains. Working in his client’s best interest, Faxon advised Turner to file a malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon who performed his prostatectomy.
Faxon also stated that this is level of incompetence is purely unimaginable and that the surgeon who performed the operation should pay for his client’s years of severe pain. At the moment, the West Haven VA’s administrators have not released an official explanation regarding Turner’s case.
The man’s attorney concluded that he would ask for unspecified compensations, given the fact that his client spend a lot of time and money to have the surgical instrument removed.
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