Bowel perforation is a medical emergency involving a hole forming in the wall of the small intestine or colon. While there are various ways in which this condition can arise naturally, it’s sometimes the result of carelessness on the part of a doctor or other medical professional.
In Pennsylvania, if you or a loved one experienced bowel perforation as a result of a healthcare worker’s negligence, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Learn more about your options by reviewing your case with a lawyer. A Chester County bowel perforation attorney at The Weitz Firm, LLC, can help you better understand your legal options.
Symptoms of bowel perforation to be aware of include:
Don’t ignore these symptoms. Bowel perforation can result in sepsis or death if left untreated. When the bowels are perforated, acid, bile, and more can leak from the intestines into other parts of the body, putting a patient’s health at serious risk.
Again, sometimes this condition results from natural causes. That said, it may also happen when surgeons or those assisting them are negligent.
Perhaps someone is undergoing a procedure which requires a surgeon to make incisions near the small intestine or colon. If they’re not careful, they could accidentally perforate them. In their negligence, a surgeon might also fail to realize they’ve done so, preventing them from addressing the error in a timely manner.
It’s also possible for stomach ulcers to cause bowel perforation. These ulcers might form as a result of a patient taking various medications. A doctor prescribing said medications should carefully review a patient’s medical history to ensure it’s safe for them to take these drugs.
If you’ve been harmed because a negligent medical professional caused you to experience bowel perforation, you could file a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit to seek compensation for a range of losses, including (but not necessarily limited to):
You can also file a claim or lawsuit if a loved one died due to bowel perforation. This is an option if you can show they developed the condition because a medical professional was careless.
Strongly consider enlisting the help of an attorney if you’re planning on filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. A Chester County bowel perforation lawyer can assist you by:
Being harmed because someone whose job it is to heal you wasn’t careful can be a devastating experience. At The Weitz Firm, LLC, we help those who’ve endured such hardships by providing dedicated representation. Learn how we can do the same for you by contacting us online or calling us at 267-587-6240.