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Patient claims doctor left drill bit inside her hip

Posted: 1:22 PM, Jun 10, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-10 13:22:54-04

 A veteran of the West Palm Beach Police Department is suing a local doctor. She claims he left a 2-inch drill bit in her hip during surgery.

Briggid Larson says it wasn’t until 11 days after her surgery that she found out about it.

Larson says she saw the drill bit on one of her X-rays.

Larson is suing Dr. Michael Cooney and the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute.

Cooney has offices in West Palm, Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter.

According to her attorney, Larson incurred more than $25,000 in additional medical bills for a second surgery to remove the drill bit.

When the law firm Larson contacted reached out for compensation and reimbursement it says the doctor and his offices invoked an arbitration agreement Larson singed two years earlier.

Larson says she felt betrayed.

"The doctor wants the patient to tell the doctor everything about the condition and the patient wants the truth from the doctor. This is a clear betrayal,” said Larson’s attorney Guy Rubin.

A call to Dr. Cooney’s office for comment has not been returned.