Officer learns lesson by signing doctor's arbitration agreement

By Andrew Ruiz

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Imagine a doctor leaving a surgical instrument inside your body and you’re told you have no legal recourse.

This happened to a West Palm Beach police officer; her doctor told her he’s protected because she signed an arbitration agreement.

Briggid Larson says she remembers waking up from hip surgery and being told everything was fine, “It’s all good, no complications.”

After more than ten days into recovery, she finds out everything wasn’t ok, she discovered a drill bit in her x-ray and asked, “what is that?”

According to Larson, Dr. Michael Cooney didn’t disclose that he had left the drill bit during surgery and knowingly closed her up.