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Med Mal Case for Doctor Leaving Stitches Inside My Foot After Surgery…

Submitted By: JB (MN, USA)

I had a tendon in my foot fixed back in Sept 2009 which never healed properly. I went to another doctor this March and he said he would have to do surgery again to see what was wrong. When opening up the foot he found two sutures inside the foot that had become infected and a cyst had grown around them. For the last year and a half I have been in constant pain…which now seems to be healing well.

Is it right that non-dissolving stitches were used inside a foot? Do I have a case or is there anything I can do for compensation? Thanks.

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Dear JB,

The most important issue at this time will be the Statute of Limitations. The Statute of Limitations is a legal term meaning there is a certain time period after an injury in which any settlement between two parties must be finalized, or if a settlement is not made, then a lawsuit must be filed.

If these requirements are not complied with you will most likely lose all your rights to recover any amounts against the party who caused the injury.

If you believe there was medical malpractice you will need to comply with the above no later than Sept (the actual date in September) 2009, and September (same date) 2011. In your case the Statute of Limitations in California is 2 years from the date of injury (or if the injury date could not have possibly been identified until after the 2 years period)

We are unable to render a medical opinion about the stitches. We do though suggest you seek legal counsel if you decide to pursue legal action. At that time a qualified and reputable Personal Injury Attorney will be able to direct you to a source to determine the medical efficacy of non-dissolving stitches as they apply to your case.

Learn more here: Lawsuits for Surgical Malpractice

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.

Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call 888-972-0892.

We wish you the best with your claim,


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