When undergoing any surgery in the abdominal region there is an associated risk of bowel perforation, which causes fecal matter in the bowel to leak into the abdominal region and surrounding areas. When discovered and corrected early, bowel perforations are not life threatening but when a doctor fails to detect or treat a perforation in the bowel in a timely manner, it can cause severe complications and threaten the patient’s life.
If you experienced a bowel perforation during a medical procedure, it is important to review the details of your operation with a medical malpractice attorney in order to determine if the doctor performed his or her duty of care.
Symptoms of Perforated Bowel
If after an abdominal procedure you experience high fever, pain in your abdominal area, nausea or vomiting, it is important that your doctor treat you immediately. If left untreated, you may develop infections or go into septic shock— which is a form of infection that results when an infection reaches the bloodstream and is carried throughout the body. It is important to understand that bowel perforations are not an immediate indicator of medical malpractice, but the manner in which your doctor or surgeon addresses your bowel perforation, or failure to address it is important in determining liability.
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 period of time until the bowel heals. It is true that there are risks involved every time a patient needs to be operated on, but the benefits greatly outweigh the risks and a corrective procedure to repair a perforated bowel will prevent painful and life threatening conditions. If a doctor either fails to detect or treat a perforated bowel in a timely manner, he or she may be liable for any complications or conditions that result of that failure to do so.
Determining If Medical Malpractice Is Responsible For A Bowel Perforated During Surgery
Because doctors cannot be held liable simply for the development of a perforated bowel during a procedure, the standard of care is what 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 medical malpractice lawyer.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are experienced in medical malpractice litigation and our access to experts in the field of medicine allows us to determine whether your doctor has met the standard of care while treating you. If you feel that you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact us today to arrange a free consultation. We will investigate the details of your case free of charge to determine whether you should proceed with litigation. Unless we win or settle your case, you will owe us nothing.