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You did not state whether you had natural childbirth or a C-section where the gauze was left in your abdominal area.
I suggest that you consult with a personal injury attorney in your area to see whether or not the attorney is in a position to undertake your representation. Much will probably depend on the extent of your damages. You may wish to review the Legal Guide I have published on Avvo.com, which deals with medical malpractice and what it is.
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If you wish to pursue a claim, you should order a copy of your medical records and consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney immediately. Beware the statute of limitations! Typically you have 2 years to pursue a claim for medical malpractice, however, with foreign object cases the law is different. You only have 1 year from the date you should have reasonable known a foreign object was left inside you to pursue your claim. So call a lawyer as soon as possible.
It may not be difficult to prove leaving a foreign object inside a patient is below the acceptable standard of care. However, you must also prove the breach of the standard of care caused your injuries. For your claim to have value, an expert physician will have to give the opinion that leaving gauze inside you caused your injuries, pain and discomfort. From the limited facts you have provided, it sounds like causation may be the most difficult part of your claim.
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