Q: A surgeon who's now retired left a piece of equipment in me during surgery. Can I sue him even though he's no longer
A: The fact he retired is irrelevant. He can be sued. The issue is whether you waited too long to make a claim. There is a statute of limitations, which can be extended to start running from the date you discovered or should have discovered the object left inside of you. Also, unless you have complications and high damages resulting from the object and it’s removal, the cost and effort to pursue a malpractice claim may not be worth it.
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