Waco’s Baylor Scott & White faces malpractice lawsuit over surgical complications due to medical error

by Michael Heygood

A former patient at Baylor Scott & White Health in Waco, Texas has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the health center. The lawsuit, filed by Tennessee resident Randall Clark, alleges that Clark suffered complications from surgery as a result of a surgical sponge that doctors at Baylor Scott & White left in his body following the procedure.

Clark was admitted to Baylor Scott & White in December 2013 to undergo surgery to treat a hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux disease. After doctors noticed bleeding from a large artery during the procedure, the operation was changed to a type of open abdominal exploration known as a laparotomy. After Clark’s bleeding was brought under control using surgical sponges and pads, doctors performed the originally-scheduled surgery.

Following the procedure, Baylor Scott & White staff noticed that all of the surgical sponges that were used during Clark’s surgery had not been accounted for. Doctors performed an imaging exam to determine whether the sponges had been left inside Clark’s body, but the tests failed to detect any foreign objects.

After Clark was transferred from the operating room, he developed complications, including respiratory failure and was placed in intensive care at the hospital. Doctors performed a scan which showed a foreign object near Clark’s abdomen. During another surgical procedure, doctors found two laparotomy pads that had been left inside Clark’s body during the initial procedures.

Clark’s malpractice lawsuit against Baylor Scott & White alleged that as a result of the hospital’s error during surgery, he suffered a number of complications, including respiratory failure, cardiac arrhythmias, anemia, and the need for additional testing and surgery. According to Clark’s attorney, “retained surgical objects are considered to be completely preventable and thus are included on the list of ‘never events,’ the treatment for which Medicare and Medicaid will not reimburse as it cannot occur in the absence of negligence.”

Victim of Hospital Negligence? You May Qualify to File a Lawsuit for Medical Malpractice.

Each year, thousands of Americans are killed because of negligent actions on the part of doctors, hospitals, or medical staff members. While the federal government has created rules intended to keep the public safe, in many cases, doctors and hospitals fail to follow these guidelines, leading to the wrongful death or severe complications in patients under their care.

Patients who have suffered complications as a result of negligence on the part of a hospital, doctors, or medical staff during surgery or other medical procedures may be eligible to file a lawsuit in order to recover damages for the injuries they have suffered, as well as medical costs. The first step in taking legal actions is to speak with an attorney who has the experience in handling cases involving medical malpractice and negligence to advise you regarding your legal rights.

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has successfully represented many victims of medical malpractice and negligence. Our attorneys have secured numerous verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients in cases involving malpractice on the part of doctors, hospitals, or medical staff members. Our law firm’s success in resolving malpractice and other personal injury cases is due in large part to the fact that we are real trial attorneys, having tried hundreds of cases to verdict.

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by Michael Heygood

Michael Heygood is a licensed attorney and partner at HO&P who focuses on insurance and corporate litigation, and other civil arenas. Michael has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyers List.