Chicago Bowel Perforation Lawyer
The Illinois personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, have a comprehensive understanding of pursuing and resolving bowel perforation claims.
Let our legal team carefully review your evidence and help you file a claim. Your attorney can help determine if another party's negligence caused your damages and injury.
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Perforated Bowel Common Causes
A perforated bowel is a hole in the small intestine or large intestine wall. The body’s small intestine is an elongated, tube-shaped digestive organ under the abdominal wall. The stomach pushes partially digested food into the small intestine before passing into the large intestine (colon).
Any perforated injury or hole in the intestinal wall could leak waste (feces), bacteria, digestive juices, and food into the peritoneal cavity. The leaking material may cause an abscess (collection of pus) that enters the bloodstream which could lead to septic shock or sepsis infection.
Due to this, an accurate and quick diagnosis, followed by a colonoscopy, treatment, or surgery, might be imperative in treating an injury and saving the patient’s life.
Common causes of a perforated bowel might involve:
- Growing tumors entering the intestinal wall
- A tumor formation in the intestinal wall that shrinks quickly following chemotherapy or radiation, leaving a hole,
- Abdominal or pelvic injuries caused by radiation therapy, weakening the intestinal wall, causing the formation of a hole,
- Large or small intestinal blockage (bowel obstruction),
- Non-cancerous diseases, including diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, toxic megacolon, Crohn's disease, peptic ulcers disease, strangulated hernia, and reduced blood flow to the intestine
- Surgical errors or medical mistakes during a colonoscopy
- A reaction to chemotherapy medications, including Avastin (bevacizumab), Gleevec (imatinib), Nexavar (sorafenib), and Torisel (temsirolimus)
- Vehicle accidents
- A horrific forceful impact causing an abdominal traumatic injury including knifing, severe blows, a gunshot injury, swallowing caustic (corrosive) substances, or sharp swallowed foreign objects
Any surgical procedure involving the abdomen has an associated risk of bowel perforation, causing fecal matter in the bowel to leak into the peritoneal cavity, abdomen, and surrounding areas. Bowel perforations are not life-threatening when discovered and corrected early.
However, any failure to detect or treat a perforation in the bowel promptly could cause severe complications and threaten the patient’s life.
Have you experienced gastrointestinal perforation during a medical procedure or colonoscopy? Do you suspect that your injury is the result of a surgeon's error?
It is your right to call an experienced law firm that specializes in malpractice cases. Contact a competent lawyer. They can look over the facts of your case and determine if the doctor, surgeons, or nursing staff's negligence led to your damage.
Symptoms of Perforated Bowel
Many patients who have undergone a colonoscopy or other abdominal procedure will develop common symptoms associated with a perforated bowel. The symptoms could include:
- High fever
- Severe and sudden abdominal area pain
- Vomiting or nausea
- A swollen or bloated abdomen
Experiencing any of the symptoms associated above requires immediate medical attention by a competent doctor with the tools to accurately diagnose the problem.
Without treatment, the patient may develop infections or septic shock, which invades the bloodstream and is carried throughout the body. Bowel perforations followed by a septic infection are not an immediate indicator of medical malpractice.
Instead, a doctor might have made medical errors when addressing a gastrointestinal perforation.
Diagnosing a Perforated Bowel
A diagnostician will use various tests and equipment to detect bowel perforation, including asking the patient to define their symptoms, the medicines they are taking, and any previous treatments they have had.
An examination will involve looking for tightness or swelling in and around the abdomen. The doctor will use a stethoscope and other equipment to identify bowel sounds that might confirm an impaction or other serious digestive problem.
Standard tests used to diagnose a hole in the bowel wall include:
- CT scans
- CBC (complete blood count)
- Comprehensive blood tests that identify invading bacteria or abscesses
Required Treatment For People Who Have Perforated Bowels
Perforated bowels require additional surgical procedures, and the patient may need to use a colostomy bag for a short time until the bowel heals. There are risks involved every time a patient needs an operation, but often the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.
A corrective procedure to repair a perforated bowel could prevent painful and life-threatening conditions. If a doctor either fails to detect or treat a perforated bowel promptly, they may be liable for any complications or conditions resulting from that failure to do so.
A medical malpractice lawsuit may lead to financial compensation where the patient receives funds to pay for the doctor's mistake. A personal injury attorney could build the case to hold the doctor, hospital, or others legally accountable for causing a serious problem.
Determining If Medical Malpractice Is Responsible For A Bowel Perforated During Surgery
A doctor cannot be held liable only perforating a bowel during a procedure, colonoscopy, or surgery. In this case it is the standard of care that determines their liability.
If the doctor failed to meet the standard of care and that failure resulted in a condition that caused undue harm to the patient, a lawsuit can be filed for medical malpractice. The easiest way to determine whether you should take legal action is to discuss your case with an experienced Illinois medical malpractice lawyer.
Our attorneys have a network of medical experts who can evaluate your case to determine if medical negligence is involved and explain how your physician failed to meet the standard of care in the community.
Contact our Chicago, Illinois lawyers for a free consultation today.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A life-threatening perforated bowel is a serious condition that places patients at imminent risk and can lead to the need to use a colostomy bag. Some patients never fully recover from a colonoscopy that went wrong or other surgery that caused severe injury.
Any family that lost a loved one from a preventable death due to a doctor's failure to diagnose or surgeon error has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover all damages.
Typical damages might involve medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earnings, loss of companionship, funeral/burial costs, pain, and suffering.
Our lawyers are experienced with serious medical malpractice cases involving fatalities and are committed to getting you the full compensation available under Illinois law. Contact us today.
Schedule Your Free Consultation with a Medical Malpractice Attorney
Were you injured during a colonoscopy or a gastrointestinal surgical procedure? Did the severe damage result in a preventable infection?
Have you or a family member suffered preventable bowel perforations? Contact our medical malpractice lawyers (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone call) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation.
The Chicago, IL medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are experienced in medical malpractice litigation. Our access to experts in the field of medicine allows us to determine whether your doctor has met the standard of care treating you.
When you contact us, our firm will investigate the details of your case with a free case evaluation to determine whether you should proceed with litigation. Unless we win or settle your case, you will owe us nothing.
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- National Institute of Health – Surviving with an Intestinal Perforation
- The Sepsis Alliance – Perforated Bowels and Sepsis
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