Patient sues over sponge left in abdomen

Michelle Massey Jan. 10, 2011, 1:59am


A New Orleans medical clinic is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit after a patient discovered a surgical sponge was left in his abdomen following a surgical procedure for rectal cancer.

Tommie D. Ladner filed suit against Ochsner Clinic Foundation on Jan. 3 in federal court in New Orleans.

In February 2010, Ladner underwent an operation at Ochsner for a procedure to help treat rectal cancer. He states that shortly after his discharge, he experienced abdominal pain and anorexia. He underwent a CT scan which revealed a foreign body in his abdomen. Ladner states he underwent a second surgery in April in order to remove the sponge that had been left in his abdomen during the first operation.

He states he has suffered several additional procedures, extensive treatment, infections and hospitalizations relative to the sponge being left in his body.

The defendant is accused of failing to meet the applicable standards of medical care and for negligent actions in their diagnosis, treatment and care of Ladner.

Ladner is asking for an award of damages for physical pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, extensive medical care, disability, medical expenses, physical impairment, depression, anxiety, , interest and court costs.

Ladner is represented by Irving J. Warshauer of Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer in New Orleans. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:11-cv-00002

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