January 7, 2009
Woman plans to sue over knife left in head
A Florida woman who claims part of a knife was left inside her head after she was stabbed three years ago said she plans to sue the hospital that treated her.
Chad Roberts, an attorney for Edith McQueen of Jacksonville, said his client went to the Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center in August 2005 after she was stabbed twice in the head during a random act of violence, WJXT-TV, Jacksonville, Fla., reported Wednesday.
Somehow, someway, the knife was left in her head. She presented to the emergency room for treatment from the stab wounds to the head, and they were simply stitched up and Mrs. McQueen was sent home, Roberts said.
He said the knife fragment can be seen via X-ray lodged next to McQueen's jawbone.
A simple X-ray is comparatively easy, inexpensive and accessible, and you would think that a stab wound would probably justify a $25 or $50 X-ray to make sure no foreign body, either dirt or gravel or some foreign object, remained in the wound site, but apparently that didn't happen, Roberts said.