Perforated Bowel Attorney
A perforated bowel is a serious, and potentially fatal, medical condition that demands immediate treatment. If you have suffered a perforated bowel injury that you believe is due to medical malpractice, please call our perforated bowel lawyers today to learn about your legal rights.
At Serious Injury Law Group, the consultation is free, and you only pay us if we recover money for you.
What Is a Perforated Bowel?
A perforation in the gastrointestinal tract (GI) is a hole that develops anywhere along the GI. This can include a hole in the stomach, esophagus, or intestines. If the hole develops in the bowels, the condition is referred to as perforated bowel.
Perforated bowel can be very serious and can lead to other complications, including an infection and poisoning of the blood, known as sepsis. Sepsis can be deadly.
Perforated Bowel Causes
A perforation in the GI tract can happen for a number of different reasons, including different medical conditions, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Certain traumatic and acute events can also cause a perforation in the gastrointestinal tract, such as being stabbed in an act of assault or swallowing a foreign object, leading to damage.
In some cases, a perforated bowel is the result of medical malpractice. Examples of medical malpractice that can cause perforated bowel include:
- Surgical errors. When performing surgery on a patient’s GI tract, a surgeon has a duty to exercise a high degree of care. While most surgeons do this, others may rush a procedure, use improper techniques, take shortcuts, or simply make a mistake. When this happens, the result can be a bowel perforation.
- Failure to diagnose or treat. In addition to surgical errors, the other leading type of medical malpractice that results in physician-induced perforated bowels is that of failing to properly diagnose a condition that leads to perforation, or failing to properly treat a condition that leads to perforation. In some cases, a doctor may even incorrectly diagnose perforation itself, leading to more severe consequences, such as sepsis, tissue injuries, infections, and pain.
If you suspect that your perforated bowel or perforated bowel complications are a result of medical malpractice, it’s important that you call an attorney who can explain to you your legal options and assist you in proving the elements of a medical malpractice claim.
Symptoms of a Perforated Bowel
If you have any of the following symptoms of a perforation injury within the gastrointestinal tract, it’s important that you seek medical care immediately. An untreated injury could lead to more serious complications. Symptoms of a GI perforation often include:
- Pain (pain is usually the most common symptom of a GI perforation)
- Reduced need to use the restroom
- Rapid heartbeat
Typically, a gastrointestinal perforation will require emergency treatment. Do not wait to get medical help if you are suffering from the above symptoms.
Treatment for a Perforated Bowel
Usually, the treatment for a perforated bowel is surgery. This process may also involve a laparotomy, where a surgeon explores the GI tract to determine where any holes exist. The surgeon will remove any physical objects that are leading to perforation, as well as repair holes in the tract/bowels.
While less common, in some cases, a GI perforation may heal on its own without surgery. If this is the case, the affected individual will likely be given a heavy dose of antibiotics for treatment.
How Our Bowel Perforation Attorneys Can Help
If you have suffered from a perforated bowel injury or ruptured bowel injury, and if you believe that the injury would not have occurred but for the malpractice of your doctor or surgeon, our bowel perforation attorneys can help. Our services include:
- Evaluating your case free of charge. Before you even hire our law firm, we will sit down with you to evaluate your case free of charge and discuss your legal options. Even if you decide not to hire our law firm, there will be no charge for this service.
- Gathering evidence to support your case. Our team will investigate your claim and gather evidence supporting the claim that malpractice occurred. We will also hire experts to support your claim.
- Proving the elements of a medical malpractice claim. In order to win a lawsuit brought against a health care provider or hospital, you’ll need to prove the various elements of a medical malpractice claim. These include:
- Duty to meet medical standard of care. You’ll need to prove that the health care provider in question had a duty to you to meet the standard of care. This is usually implied, although determining the specifics of the medical standard of care varies on a case-by-case basis. (An obstetrician is not held to the same standard of care as a pediatrician, for example.)
- Breach of medical standard of care. The next thing that you’ll need to prove is that a breach of the medical standard of care occurred. For example, you may be able to prove that the surgeon breached the standard of care owed to you by failing to use proper sanitation methods prior to and during surgery.
- Causation and damages. Finally, the third and fourth elements that you’ll need to prove are that the breach of the standard of care was the proximate cause of your perforated bowel or related injury (i.e. infection) and that you suffered quantifiable damages as a direct result.
- Calculating damages. Our lawyers will also work with experts and others to calculate the value of your claim and the extent of damages you have suffered, as well as issue a demand letter to the insurance company.
- Negotiating your settlement. We will represent you during all settlement negotiations. Should your case require a lawsuit, we will handle litigation on your behalf, too.
Call Our Attorneys Today
If you have questions about bowel perforation and your rights in a medical malpractice claim, our lawyers are here to help. To learn more, please call our law office directly to request your free consultation. You can also contact us by sending us a message directly.