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Woman’s Dentures Lodge in Her Esophagus While Under Anesthesia

In 2013, Lourdes Rivera underwent a medical procedure. While under anesthesia, her dentures dislodged and became stuck in her esophagus. Ms. Rivera was injured and has filed suit against Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Jersey City.

The lawsuit claims that in preparation for an echocardiogram in August 2013, Ms. Rivera’s upper dentures were removed; her lower partial dentures were not. During the procedure, an endoscope was inserted into her mouth and esophagus. Upon discharge, the hospital could not locate her lower dentures and offered to reimburse her for the cost. Ms. Rivera experienced throat pain and trouble chewing after the procedure. Eventually, the dentures were found to be stuck in her esophagus. She eventually needed a tracheostomy to remove her lower partial dentures which were stuck in her esophagus and had remained for three months.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.


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