Some Louisiana residents know what it is like to experience heart trouble and then the procedure or surgery to correct the problem. The heart is a major organ, so most heart patients likely feel a great deal of anxiety about undergoing the process required to repair the damage and worry about their future well-being following whatever treatment they have had to endure. People in this situation are undoubtedly happy once the process is completed and their lives can return to some semblance of normality. Unfortunately, 10 years after undergoing an angiogram procedure, a man in another state discovered a 57-inch metal wire running through his body, and following the discovery, he filed a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The now 70-year-old man underwent the angioplasty procedure in 2005 after doctors told him he had congestive heart failure. The procedure requires a catheter to be inserted through the bloodstream, and a metal wire is used to keep the catheter stiff. In this man's case, allegedly, when the catheter was removed, the wire was not. The patient was not aware of the wire in his body until he visited another doctor in 2015 and an X-ray revealed it running from his chest to his thigh. During another surgery one year ago, doctors removed much of the wire, but more than 20 inches of it remains in his body.
The man and his wife filed the lawsuit in 2016, alleging medical malpractice, professional negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress. They also claimed negligent hiring, training and supervision, as well as loss of consortium. They are seeking upwards of $800,000 from the cardiologist who performed the procedure and his health care company. The cardiologist has said he was never informed about the missing wire and has said another doctor must have left it there. The plaintiff's attorney has emphasized the need for doctors to pay careful attention during such procedures.
This man has likely experienced anxiety while wondering how this foreign object that has been in his body for more than a decade will continue to affect his health. In Louisiana, as in this man's state, patients who feel they have been victims of medical malpractice have the right to pursue a civil lawsuit. Attorneys experienced in this area of the law are available to discuss legal options.