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Seven years after treatment, needle still embedded in woman's back

She was 62 years old when she walked into a doctor's office in late 2009. She was advised to get a trigger point injection treatment for her back pain.

Nearly 7 years later, the needle used in that treatment is still lodged in her back. A jury that listened to her story recently awarded her a $507,000 judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Though the woman does not live here in West Virginia, her tale of doctor negligence is of the type familiar to many of our readers: A patient goes to see a doctor for a relatively minor procedure and winds up with serious health problems they never imagined.

The St. Louis, Missouri, woman went to a pain relief clinic for relief from bulging and herniated discs in her back. A doctor there apparently used a 1.5-inch needle to perform a trigger point injection, but the needle remained in the woman.

There have been 5 attempts to extract the needle, according to the woman's medical malpractice attorney. Four were in the doctor's office and another attempt was at an area hospital. All failed.

In fact, the embedded needle has apparently migrated inside the woman's body, and is now six inches lower than when it was inserted nearly 7 years ago. At this point, it seems doctors might believe that it will be too difficult to remove, a news report indicates.

A Huntington attorney experienced in doctor negligence cases will examine the facts of your situation and help you pursue maximum compensation for all damages.

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