A bowel perforation is a hole in either the small intestine or large intestine. Something as simple as a surgeon nicking a portion of your bowel during an abdominal procedure could have devastating consequences to your health and put your life in jeopardy or leave you with permanent or debilitating injuries.
Medical malpractice occurs when a physician deviates from the established and accepted protocols of the medical community. This causes him or her to treat the patient incorrectly or to fail to treat the patient at all. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and diagnostic imaging technicians are just some of the many parties who could potentially commit medical malpractice.
One of the primary risks in any surgical procedure is that the surgeon will make a mistake. The most common reason for a bowel perforation is abdominal surgery. Surgeons should exercise caution during these procedures since they work in tight spaces in which the surgeon could nick or puncture any number of organs. When a surgeon fails to meet this standard of care, a bowel perforation could occur.
Bowel Perforation During Cesarean Section
Bowel injury is rare during cesarean section, but not unheard of. Medical malpractice often occurs during the post-operative period. This can include the surgeon’s failure to realize something is going wrong, and/or their failure to react to the patient’s condition appropriately, including providing appropriate consultation.
The perforation itself is rarely a basis for a medical malpractice claim because it is a recognized risk of the surgery. Unfortunately, a perforation is not always identified during the surgery, and the mother’s abdomen is closed without a repair being done. Over the days that follow an infection develops to the point that the mother becomes obviously unwell.
Symptoms of a Bowel Perforation Include:
– sudden and severe abdominal pain;
– nausea and vomiting;
– swelling and bloating of the abdomen.
A perforation causes the contents of your bowel to spill into your abdominal cavity. This causes a highly toxic and dangerous situation for you. The longer the situation goes unresolved, the greater the chances are that you could develop sepsis. Your life could be in danger if not diagnosed and rectified quickly.
At Karasik Law Group, our attorneys are experienced in bowel perforation injuries and other medical malpractice lawsuits. If you or a loved one was injured due to improper or negligent care by a medical professional, Karasik Law Group will fight for your family’s right to compensation for every dollar you are entitled to under the law. Call us to today at (718) 502-9112 to schedule a free consultation. And be sure to visit our website at www.karasiklawyers.com. At Karasik Law Group, winning matters. Win with us! We speak for the injured; our results speak for themselves.
Your Claim Will Need to Meet the Following Four Criteria to Earn the Legal Definition of Medical Malpractice:
- Duty of care: a person or organization that you are accusing of medical malpractice had the legal and moral obligation to treat your medical issue.
- Breach of care: after establishing a duty of care, you need to prove that the care you received failed to meet what the medical community considers an acceptable standard of care.
- Cause and effect relationship: failure of the medical provider to provide a duty owed to you caused an injury.
- Damage: the act of medical malpractice directly caused the medical complications that you experienced after the procedure or that you continue to experience.